1 [guhl-ee]
noun, plural gullies. Also, gulley (for defs 1,2).
a small valley or ravine originally worn away by running water and serving as a drainageway after prolonged heavy rains.
a ditch or gutter.
the position of a fielder between point and slips.
the fielder occupying this position.
verb (used with object), gullied, gullying.
to make gullies in.
to form (channels) by the action of water.

1530–40; apparently variant of gullet, with -y replacing French -et

1. gulch, gorge, defile, watercourse. Unabridged


2 [guhl-ee, gool-ee]
noun, plural gullies. Scot. and North England.
a knife, especially a large kitchen or butcher knife.
Also, gulley.

1575–85; origin uncertain Unabridged
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gully or gulley1 (ˈɡʌlɪ)
n , pl -lies, -leys
1.  a channel or small valley, esp one cut by heavy rainwater
2.  (NZ) a small bush-clad valley
3.  a deep, wide fissure between two buttresses in a mountain face, sometimes containing a stream or scree
4.  cricket
 a.  a fielding position between the slips and point
 b.  a fielder in this position
5.  either of the two channels at the side of a tenpin bowling lane
vb , -lies, -leys, -lies, -lying, -lied
6.  (tr) to make (channels) in (the ground, sand, etc)
[C16: from French goulet neck of a bottle; see gullet]
gulley or gulley1
[C16: from French goulet neck of a bottle; see gullet]

gully2 (ˈɡʌlɪ)
n , pl -lies
(Scot) a large knife, such as a butcher's knife
[C16: of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

1538, possibly a variant of M.E. golet "water channel" (see gullet).
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Science Dictionary
gully   (gŭl'ē)  Pronunciation Key 
A narrow, steep-sided channel formed in loose earth by running water. A gully is usually dry except after periods of heavy rainfall or after the melting of snow or ice.
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trench cut into land by the erosion of an accelerated stream of water. Various conditions make such erosion possible: the natural vegetation securing the soil may have been destroyed by human action, by fire, or by a climatic change; or an exceptional storm may send in torrents of water down the streambed. Gully erosion is closely related to intense local thunderstorms and not to widespread winter precipitation. Gullies in soft rock enlarge rapidly by headward erosion and may destroy much arable land if preventive measures are not taken.

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Example sentences
Five people were killed when a single-engine airplane crashed into a gully in
  overcast weather, the state police said.
Some of the oldest rock art in the world has been found in a remote gully on
  the reserve.
It's kind of a tight gully filled with all kinds of hips and natural features.
Now their rigid and bloated bodies lie on the edge of a deep gully.
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