- Gulf Gulf (g[u^]lf), n. [F. golfe, It. golfo, fr. Gr. ko`lpos
bosom, bay, gulf, LGr. ko`lfos.]
1. A hollow place in the earth; an abyss; a deep chasm or
Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed. --Luke xvi. 26. [1913 Webster]
2. That which swallows; the gullet. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
A gulf of ruin, swallowing gold. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]
5. (Mining) A large deposit of ore in a lode. [1913 Webster]
Note: It originates in the westward equatorial current, due to the trade winds, is deflected northward by Cape St. Roque through the Gulf of Mexico, and flows parallel to the coast of North America, turning eastward off the island of Nantucket. Its average rate of flow is said to be about two miles an hour. The similar Japan current, or Kuro-Siwo, is sometimes called the Gulf Stream of the Pacific.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.