Definition of gully in English:

gully

noun

  • 1A ravine formed by the action of water.

    • ‘‘We dug about six inches into a gully and sat in our tent with our hard hats on waiting for it to pass,’ said Titch.’
    • ‘To escape disqualification, the pair shot off down a rocky gully.’
    • ‘These low water gullies can be classic fish-holding areas.’
    • ‘All sorts of plants grow in rock gardens, thriving in sunny warm spots, dry ravines, damp gullies, and many other variations of temperature and soil conditions.’
    • ‘On the south side of the plot is a gully of ice age origin, which would hold millions of newts if development drives them a few yards south.’
    • ‘Descend in a NE direction until you reach a large gully.’
    • ‘It's unfinished, and the quite large figure of a hillwalker recently brushed in at the head of the gully suggests that the painter would like to show people grappling with the mountains.’
    • ‘The tidal bore comes in faster than a galloping horse, but first wilful surging water fills gullies and gaping holes left by the last ebbing tide.’
    • ‘The gully was eventually climbed by the united efforts of AE Maylard, Professor and Mrs Adamson and a Miss Weiss in 1897.’
    • ‘This left us essentially at the bottom of a gully and two or three hundred feet directly below Grewelthorpe.’
    • ‘The team was flown up to the ridge within two or three minutes, and then winched down to a gully where Mr Boston was lying in a semi-conscious state suffering from head injuries, possibly a fractured skull.’
    • ‘This zigzags down to a grassy col, where you should take a path on the right side of the grassy hillock in front of you, taking care not to go too far to the right - because of steep drops down a gully.’
    • ‘The second gully comes in once you have reached the conifers, two railway sleepers as a ‘footbridge’.’
    • ‘To carry wheeled traffic from one side to the other and avoid the steep gully in between - with the Cowgate at the bottom - a flat platform was needed and Adam came up with the practical solution.’
    • ‘Dawa has planted 20 cardiocrinums in his new Nepalese garden, complete with prayer wheel, in a steep gully leading down to the burn.’
    • ‘As we rounded the last corner to the hamlet we were surprised to find a Freelander upside down in the stream at the bottom of the gulley next to the road.’
    • ‘We set off to walk the cliff path to St Abbs Head, a rugged headland etched with sheer sea cliffs and dramatically deep gullies.’
    • ‘Another tragedy happened in heavy winter snow, when a girl had fallen down a gully at Hanging Knotts, above Angle Tarn.’
    • ‘The following day they discovered that the plane had flown into the side of the mountain, which was shrouded in a snow-and-mist - covered gully.’
    • ‘The Saharan winds were blowing sand onto fertile hillsides, and when it rained the water was cutting gullies through the rich alluvial soil along the wadi.’
    ravine, canyon, gorge, pass, defile, couloir, deep narrow valley
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    1. 1.1Australian, NZ A river valley.
      • ‘He said the river gullies from Omanawa Rd to No 2 Rd were the most likely habitat for local kiwi.’
      • ‘Often they end up in our rivers and gullies or in dangerous heaps in the countryside.’
      • ‘Lucy's connection with the gully began in 1820 when she was born in a whare next to the Waimoku stream.’
      • ‘Drenched to the bone, the hunter stands shivering at the base of a remote gully in the country around Victoria's Big River.’
      • ‘By September there were as many as a thousand men working the creeks and gullies.’
    2. 1.2A deep artificial channel serving as a gutter or drain.
      • ‘Wessex Water spokesman Ian Martin said the smell had been coming from sewers and road gulleys in the village.’
      • ‘Some valuable information was given about cleaning grates, waste pipes, and gullies, in order to keep down offensive smells, and parents were encouraged to follow the advice given on feeding babies.’
      • ‘The heavy rain we recently experienced identified a number of areas causing problems and we have cleared the debris from these gulleys and ditches.’
      • ‘At one point the gully is deep enough for a man to stand in.’
      • ‘His knowledge of every pipe, gully, drain, outlet and inlet was second to none.’
      • ‘Labour councillor Andy Mudd, who represents Keighley West Ward on the council, said he had been swamped with calls from members of the public concerned about broken culverts and blocked gullies.’
      • ‘Since May the Liberal Democrats have allocated an extra £20,000 to empty road gullies and their linked drains.’
      • ‘Now a review of the city's cleaning of gullies, gutters, footpaths and back lanes in terraced streets has prompted commercial services officers to study the issue.’
      • ‘They could also lobby Bradford Council to ensure gullies are cleared and drains unblocked.’
      • ‘You'll also notice definite long gullies and gutters that run through’
      • ‘Under Coun Merrett's plan, all gutters and gullies in a street would be cleaned out on the same day.’
      • ‘Deep gullies run between the ramshackle dirt houses carrying away sewage in the open.’
      • ‘Run-off from roads and farmland created some problems, blocking drains and gullies.’
      • ‘You'll still have to sweep or rake any leaves off the lawn, and keep drains and gullies clear.’
      • ‘With the rise in temperatures and the warmer weather, infestations of the rat-tailed maggot have been reported and farmers are being warned to be on the look-out for them in buildings, drains and gullies.’
      • ‘They then got trapped in the sand next to the Lancaster channel - one of four deep gullies that criss-cross the area.’
      • ‘However, clay pipe fragments showed the gully to be post-medieval.’
      • ‘To say that too much rain fell this week for the gullies and drains to cope with the weight of water is akin to the leaves on the line arguments put forward by the railways.’
      • ‘Check that effluent collection channels, gullies and diversion systems are working and set to deliver the effluent directly to the storage tank.’
      • ‘You can also see gullies and huge channels of water draining from the city and then running back into the sea.’
  • 2Cricket
    A fielding position on the off side between point and the slips.

    ‘he was caught in the gully by Jones’
    • ‘Ashley Giles lasted two balls, jabbing at a ball outside off stump sending a catch to Matthew Hayden in the gully, as Pietersen could only stand and stare at the non-striker's end.’
    • ‘He was missed early on by Hague from a relatively simple chance in the gully and thereafter he struck the ball well to make 50 from 65 balls with four fours.’
    • ‘Immediately after the interval Stewart, who had just kept wicket for the best part of 100 overs, edged to Steve Waugh in the gully and the head had been knocked off the innings.’
    • ‘Fielding in the gully, he flung himself to his left and caught Hinds acrobatically to end the number three's 10-ball innings.’
    • ‘The nightwatchman Richard Dawson didn't last long, driving Gillespie to Waugh in the gully in the second over of the morning.’
    1. 2.1A fielder at gully.
  • 3Indian An alley.

    • ‘I will never forget pinching my nose as a kid and running swiftly through that gali.’
    • ‘Disembarking near Manikarnika Ghat, the group entered a narrow lane, one of the many galis, that led to the Viswanath temple.’
    • ‘This is where I turned into a small gali (side street) and kept going from gali to gali.’
    • ‘Large number of families are crammed in galis in most unhygienic conditions.’
    • ‘The long now-walled-in driveway, up and down which I used to cycle madly, looked dark and narrow and hemmed in as a gully leading into a ghetto.’

verb

  • [with object] (of water) make gullies or deep channels in (land)

    ‘he began to pick his way over the gullied landscape’
    • ‘Stern also found that gullied craters tend to cluster near tectonic structures, which may have an influence on how the water that later gave rise to the gullies became localized.’
    • ‘Cattle stare at flat-bed haulers gunning clumps of black smoke and lugging damaged drill pipe up the gullied, mud-hollowed road.’
    • ‘Make grassed waterways wide and shallow to slow the water down and to prevent it from rilling and then gullying the waterway.’
    • ‘For the last day, we settle for some easy reef dives - a pinnacle of rock at Flat Ledges with vertical sides and gullies across the top, then a flatter gullied reef at Trinity Rock.’
    • ‘That human impact, along with the climatic forces of wind and water has gullied, eroded and damaged plant ecosystems over a large area of the hill.’
    • ‘The gullying is seen as numerous, parallel grooves extending from the base of the snow-covered hollows.’
    • ‘Grant, then at Louisville, relieved the general by telegram and hurried south to Chattanooga, riding horseback over gullied mountain roads.’
    • ‘The geomorphologic evolution mechanism of gullied catchments can be explained as a function of geomorphologic indicators of inter-gullied and gullied land characteristics.’
    • ‘We observed surface detention over hillside and sheet flow on denuded and gullied areas during rainfall.’
    • ‘During southern winter, many of the gullied walls are in shadow.’
    • ‘These new gullies were restricted to central portions of the area gullied during the previous cycle.’
    • ‘The integrity of the pond's natural environment is gradually worn away under the eager feet of its admirers to a gullied, barren halo of human impact.’
    • ‘We fought mosquitoes and fevers, swamps and forests, gulleyed hills and sandy soil.’
    • ‘The land as seen from the river is stripped of its timber, gulleyed, and exhausted, and may be said to have spued out its inhabitants, disgusted at their agriculture and improvidence.’
    • ‘The skarn is exposed along a steep mountainside that is gullied along its base by several small, intermittent streams that flow into a beautiful, boulder-filled river.’
    • ‘Around one last bend in the water-gouged and gulleyed road, prepare for a sight the like of which you have never imagined: the tracks of the sliding rocks of Racetrack Playa, a sight unique on Earth.’
    • ‘If he could only reach a part of the forest that was much roughened by outcroppings of rock or gulleyed by rains, he felt that his chance of escape would almost turn into a certainty.’
    • ‘The Customs House and the blunt gullied bulk of the Grote Kirk, manifestations of commerce and Calvinism, dominated a town famous for its rigorous Dutch cleanliness.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘gullet’): from French goulet (see gullet).

Pronunciation:

gully

/ˈɡʌli/