gutter

[guht-er]
noun
1.
a channel at the side or in the middle of a road or street, for leading off surface water.
2.
a channel at the eaves or on the roof of a building, for carrying off rain water.
3.
any channel, trough, or the like for carrying off fluid.
4.
a furrow or channel made by running water.
5.
Bowling. a sunken channel on each side of the alley from the line marking the limit of a fair delivery of the ball to the sunken area behind the pins.
6.
the state or abode of those who live in degradation, squalor, etc.: the language of the gutter.
7.
the white space formed by the inner margins of two facing pages in a bound book, magazine, or newspaper.
verb (used without object)
8.
to flow in streams.
9.
(of a candle) to lose molten wax accumulated in a hollow space around the wick.
10.
(of a lamp or candle flame) to burn low or to be blown so as to be nearly extinguished.
11.
to form gutters, as water does.
verb (used with object)
12.
to make gutters in; channel.
13.
to furnish with a gutter or gutters: to gutter a new house.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English gutter, goter < Anglo-French goutiere, equivalent to goutte drop (see gout) + -iere, feminine of -ier -er2

gutterlike, adjective
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gutter (ˈɡʌtə)
 
n
1.  a channel along the eaves or on the roof of a building, used to collect and carry away rainwater
2.  a channel running along the kerb or the centre of a road to collect and carry away rainwater
3.  a trench running beside a canal lined with clay puddle
4.  either of the two channels running parallel to a tenpin bowling lane
5.  printing
 a.  the space between two pages in a forme
 b.  the white space between the facing pages of an open book
 c.  the space between two columns of type
6.  the space left between stamps on a sheet in order to separate them
7.  surfing a dangerous deep channel formed by currents and waves
8.  (Austral) (in gold-mining) the channel of a former watercourse that is now a vein of gold
9.  the gutter a poverty-stricken, degraded, or criminal environment
 
vb
10.  (tr) to make gutters in
11.  (intr) to flow in a stream or rivulet
12.  (intr) (of a candle) to melt away by the wax forming channels and running down in drops
13.  (intr) (of a flame) to flicker and be about to go out
 
[C13: from Anglo-French goutiere, from Old French goute a drop, from Latin gutta]
 
'gutter-like
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

gutter
late 13c., Anglo-Norman gotere, from O.Fr. guitere, from goute "a drop," from L. gutta. Originally "a watercourse," later "furrow made by running water" (1580s). Meaning "trough under the eaves of a roof to carry off rainwater" is from mid-14c. Figurative sense of "low, profane" is from 1818.

gutter
late 14c., "to make or run in channels," from gutter (n.). In reference to candles (1706) it is from the channel that forms on the side as the molten wax flows off.
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Bible Dictionary

Gutter definition


Heb. tsinnor, (2 Sam. 5:8). This Hebrew word occurs only elsewhere in Ps. 42:7 in the plural, where it is rendered "waterspouts." It denotes some passage through which water passed; a water-course. In Gen. 30:38, 41 the Hebrew word rendered "gutters" is _rahat_, and denotes vessels overflowing with water for cattle (Ex. 2:16); drinking-troughs.

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Idioms & Phrases

gutter

see in the gutter.

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Example sentences
There are two types of gutter systems you can install: aluminum and vinyl.
It takes a second, but their minds as much in the gutter as ours are, and it
  hits home.
Set the barrel up next to your gutter and mark where you need to cut to make
  the downspout flow directly into the inlet hole.
They huddle in small groups, cloaks pulled over their heads, in an open gutter.
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