Definition of gully in English:

gully

noun

  • 1A ravine formed by the action of water.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These low water gullies can be classic fish-holding areas.’
    • ‘To escape disqualification, the pair shot off down a rocky gully.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This left us essentially at the bottom of a gully and two or three hundred feet directly below Grewelthorpe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We set off to walk the cliff path to St Abbs Head, a rugged headland etched with sheer sea cliffs and dramatically deep gullies.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Dawa has planted 20 cardiocrinums in his new Nepalese garden, complete with prayer wheel, in a steep gully leading down to the burn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The second gully comes in once you have reached the conifers, two railway sleepers as a ‘footbridge’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gully was eventually climbed by the united efforts of AE Maylard, Professor and Mrs Adamson and a Miss Weiss in 1897.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Another tragedy happened in heavy winter snow, when a girl had fallen down a gully at Hanging Knotts, above Angle Tarn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    ravine, canyon, gorge, pass, defile, couloir, deep narrow valley
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    1. 1.1NZ, Australian A river valley.
      • ‘Drenched to the bone, the hunter stands shivering at the base of a remote gully in the country around Victoria's Big River.’
      • ‘Lucy's connection with the gully began in 1820 when she was born in a whare next to the Waimoku stream.’
      • ‘By September there were as many as a thousand men working the creeks and gullies.’
      • ‘Often they end up in our rivers and gullies or in dangerous heaps in the countryside.’
      • ‘He said the river gullies from Omanawa Rd to No 2 Rd were the most likely habitat for local kiwi.’
    2. 1.2 A deep artificial channel serving as a gutter or drain.
      • ‘You'll also notice definite long gullies and gutters that run through’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The heavy rain we recently experienced identified a number of areas causing problems and we have cleared the debris from these gulleys and ditches.’
      • ‘However, clay pipe fragments showed the gully to be post-medieval.’
      • ‘You can also see gullies and huge channels of water draining from the city and then running back into the sea.’
      • ‘You'll still have to sweep or rake any leaves off the lawn, and keep drains and gullies clear.’
      • ‘Run-off from roads and farmland created some problems, blocking drains and gullies.’
      • ‘Deep gullies run between the ramshackle dirt houses carrying away sewage in the open.’
      • ‘At one point the gully is deep enough for a man to stand in.’
      • ‘They then got trapped in the sand next to the Lancaster channel - one of four deep gullies that criss-cross the area.’
      • ‘His knowledge of every pipe, gully, drain, outlet and inlet was second to none.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Wessex Water spokesman Ian Martin said the smell had been coming from sewers and road gulleys in the village.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Under Coun Merrett's plan, all gutters and gullies in a street would be cleaned out on the same day.’
      • ‘Check that effluent collection channels, gullies and diversion systems are working and set to deliver the effluent directly to the storage tank.’
      • ‘They could also lobby Bradford Council to ensure gullies are cleared and drains unblocked.’
      channel, conduit, trench, ditch, drain, culvert, cut, flume, gutter, furrow, groove, depression
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  • 2Cricket
    A fielding position on the off side between point and the slips.

    ‘he was caught in the gully by Jones’
    • ‘The nightwatchman Richard Dawson didn't last long, driving Gillespie to Waugh in the gully in the second over of the morning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fielding in the gully, he flung himself to his left and caught Hinds acrobatically to end the number three's 10-ball innings.’
    1. 2.1 A fielder at gully.
  • 3Indian An alley.

    • ‘Large number of families are crammed in galis in most unhygienic conditions.’
    • ‘I will never forget pinching my nose as a kid and running swiftly through that gali.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

verb

usually as adjective gullied
  • with object (of water) make gullies or deep channels in (land)

    ‘he began to pick his way over the gullied landscape’
    • ‘Make grassed waterways wide and shallow to slow the water down and to prevent it from rilling and then gullying the waterway.’
    • ‘Cattle stare at flat-bed haulers gunning clumps of black smoke and lugging damaged drill pipe up the gullied, mud-hollowed road.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During southern winter, many of the gullied walls are in shadow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We observed surface detention over hillside and sheet flow on denuded and gullied areas during rainfall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gullying is seen as numerous, parallel grooves extending from the base of the snow-covered hollows.’
    • ‘These new gullies were restricted to central portions of the area gullied during the previous cycle.’
    • ‘We fought mosquitoes and fevers, swamps and forests, gulleyed hills and sandy soil.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

gully

/ˈɡʌli/