the act of making gutters.
material for making gutters.
the gutters of an individual building.
the melted wax or tallow of a candle.

1400–50; late Middle English. See gutter, -ing1 Unabridged


a channel at the side or in the middle of a road or street, for leading off surface water.
a channel at the eaves or on the roof of a building, for carrying off rain water.
any channel, trough, or the like for carrying off fluid.
a furrow or channel made by running water.
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.
the state or abode of those who live in degradation, squalor, etc.: the language of the gutter.
the white space formed by the inner margins of two facing pages in a bound book, magazine, or newspaper.
verb (used without object)
to flow in streams.
(of a candle) to lose molten wax accumulated in a hollow space around the wick.
(of a lamp or candle flame) to burn low or to be blown so as to be nearly extinguished.
to form gutters, as water does.
verb (used with object)
to make gutters in; channel.
to furnish with a gutter or gutters: to gutter a new house.

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

gutterlike, adjective Unabridged
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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]

guttering (ˈɡʌtərɪŋ)
1.  the gutters, downpipes, etc, that make up the rainwater disposal system on the outside of a building
2.  the materials used in this system

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Word Origin & History

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.

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
Perhaps that spark you once had is guttering and you're looking to rekindle a
The guttering fire in the hearth threw irregular shadows into the room.
Make concrete repairs on curbs, guttering, sidewalks and driveway entrances.
Metal guttering with two downspouts is attached, on this elevation only.
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