gulch [ gʌltʃ ] noun count AMERICAN
a long narrow valley with very steep sides that used to have water flowing quickly along it but is now usually dry

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

(made by running water),

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  • Gulch — Gulch, v. t. [OE. gulchen; cf. dial. Sw. g[ o]lka to gulch, D. gulzig greedy, or E. gulp.] To swallow greedily; to gulp down. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gulch — Gulch, n. 1. Act of gulching or gulping. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. A glutton. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 3. A ravine, or part of the deep bed of a torrent when dry; a gully. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gulch — /gulch/, n. a deep, narrow ravine, esp. one marking the course of a stream or torrent. [1825 35; cf. Brit. dial. gulch, gulsh to run with a full stream, gush, (of land) to sink in, ME gulchen to spew forth, gush; expressive word akin to GULP,… …   Universalium

  • gulch — [gʌltʃ] n AmE [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Perhaps from gulch to swallow (13 19 centuries)] a narrow deep valley formed in the past by flowing water, but usually dry now …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gulch — ► NOUN N. Amer. ▪ a narrow, steep sided ravine. ORIGIN perhaps from dialect gulch «to swallow» …   English terms dictionary

  • gulch — ☆ gulch [gulch ] n. [prob. < dial., to swallow greedily < ME gulchen, of echoic orig.] a steep walled valley cut by a swift stream; deep, narrow ravine …   English World dictionary

  • gulch — deep ravine, 1832, Amer.Eng., perhaps from obsolete or dialectal verb gulsh sink in (of land), gush out (of water), from M.E. gulchen to gush forth; to drink greedily (c.1200). Cf. gulche cuppe a greedy drinker (mid 13c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • gulch — [n] small ravine arroyo, channel, cut, ditch, gap, gorge, gulley, trench, valley; concepts 509,513 …   New thesaurus

  • Gulch — A gulch is a deep V shaped valley formed by erosion. It may contain a small stream or dry creek bed and is usually larger in size than a gully. Occasionally, sudden intense rainfall may produce flash floods in the area of the gulch.In parts of… …   Wikipedia

  • gulch — [[t]gʌ̱ltʃ[/t]] gulches N COUNT: oft in names A gulch is a long narrow valley with steep sides which has been made by a stream flowing through it. [mainly AM] ...California Gulch …   English dictionary

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