Definition of gully in English:

gully

(also gulley)

noun

  • 1A water-worn ravine.

    • ‘He knows this area very, very well, gully by gully, mountain top by mountain top.’
    • ‘Instead, it runs off, taking away topsoil, forming deep gullies and damaging streambeds.’
    • ‘Small, unsurfaced roads dipping through gullies and ravines are apt to get wiped out from flash flooding, and help in remote areas usually is slow in coming.’
    • ‘Regular rock lined runways are set into the hillside, providing a route for water moving downslope to reach the pond without making new gullies.’
    • ‘And he would ride these cars into gullies and across ravines and he'd order the secret service to have it repaired for the next day so he could be ready to do it again.’
    • ‘Duffy tumbled down a small washout gully formed by the occasional flash flood, and managed to miss the pelting debris, but he came to an abrupt stop against a tropical tree.’
    • ‘Water flooded the very ground into which the Christians were retreating and the soldiers quickly found themselves wading through mud or falling into gullies now filled with water.’
    • ‘Rushing waters, from the heavy rainfall, filled the gulleys and ravines, racing down to the lowlands.’
    • ‘As she'd been sputtering down the road, one wheel had fallen off, leaving her half in and half out of shallow gulley.’
    • ‘The car had hit him and he was spun off the side of the road and into a deep gully.’
    • ‘We follow a snow-covered trail on a climbing traverse between meadows, along wooded gullies, beyond the last of the farmhouses and the last of the barking dogs, past two men hauling logs with a pair of oxen.’
    • ‘Potentially, supportive evidence would be the presence of extensive valleys or gullies cutting into lava flows, and filled with successive lava flows.’
    • ‘Only direct fire and small assaults could defeat the Japanese soldiers who were hiding in caves, ravines, and gullies.’
    • ‘He made his way back to a small gully where water once flowed.’
    • ‘He tries to block the biggest gullies to hold back water, which involves moving a lot of dirt, and every time it rains, his efforts are quickly washed away.’
    • ‘After three hours of walking blindly through the woods, we had stumbled upon this gully.’
    • ‘As the tides push and suck at the shores, glaciers gnaw at mountains and rivers scour gaping canyons out of gullies, one sees plain evidence of the earth's state of continual transition.’
    • ‘For the next three weeks the expedition carried their pirogues and canoes up steep slopes, over jagged ridges and around gullies and ravines.’
    • ‘A bottleneck of racers formed at a tree stump that blocked a portion of the narrow and steep gulley.’
    • ‘You could hear the waterfalls down in the gulley.’
    • ‘The water level remaining constant in regards to sea level, while the land slowly rose up, and the water sliced a huge gully in order to maintain its original place and level.’
    ravine, canyon, gorge, pass, defile, couloir, deep narrow valley
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    1. 1.1 A deep artificial channel serving as a gutter or drain.
      • ‘The heavy rain we recently experienced identified a number of areas causing problems and we have cleared the debris from these gulleys and ditches.’
      • ‘You can also see gullies and huge channels of water draining from the city and then running back into the sea.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At one point the gully is deep enough for a man to stand in.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Run-off from roads and farmland created some problems, blocking drains and gullies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You'll still have to sweep or rake any leaves off the lawn, and keep drains and gullies clear.’
      • ‘His knowledge of every pipe, gully, drain, outlet and inlet was second to none.’
      • ‘Under Coun Merrett's plan, all gutters and gullies in a street would be cleaned out on the same day.’
      • ‘You'll also notice definite long gullies and gutters that run through’
      • ‘Check that effluent collection channels, gullies and diversion systems are working and set to deliver the effluent directly to the storage tank.’
      • ‘Deep gullies run between the ramshackle dirt houses carrying away sewage in the open.’
      • ‘However, clay pipe fragments showed the gully to be post-medieval.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They then got trapped in the sand next to the Lancaster channel - one of four deep gullies that criss-cross the area.’
      channel, conduit, trench, ditch, drain, culvert, cut, flume, gutter, furrow, groove, depression
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective gullied
  • Erode gullies into (land) by water action.

    ‘he began to pick his way over the gullied landscape’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We observed surface detention over hillside and sheet flow on denuded and gullied areas during rainfall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During southern winter, many of the gullied walls are in shadow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gullying is seen as numerous, parallel grooves extending from the base of the snow-covered hollows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We fought mosquitoes and fevers, swamps and forests, gulleyed hills and sandy soil.’
    • ‘These new gullies were restricted to central portions of the area gullied during the previous cycle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Make grassed waterways wide and shallow to slow the water down and to prevent it from rilling and then gullying the waterway.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The geomorphologic evolution mechanism of gullied catchments can be explained as a function of geomorphologic indicators of inter-gullied and gullied land characteristics.’
    • ‘Grant, then at Louisville, relieved the general by telegram and hurried south to Chattanooga, riding horseback over gullied mountain roads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

gully

/ˈɡəlē//ˈɡəli/