World English Dictionary
gutter (ˈɡʌtə)
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
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]

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