One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘our ship sailed east into the gulf’
inlet, creek, bight, fjord, estuary, sound, arm of the sea
Scottish firth, frith
rare fleet, armlet
2‘the ice gave way and a gulf widened slowly’
opening, gap, fissure, cleft, split, rift, crevasse, hole, pit, cavity, chasm, abyss, void
ravine, gorge, canyon, gully
3‘there is a growing gulf between the rich and the poor’
divergence, contrast, polarity, divide, division, separation, difference, wide area of difference
schism, breach, rift, split, severance, rupture, divorce
chasm, abyss, gap
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