- —gulflike, adj. —gulfy, adj./gulf/, n.1. a portion of an ocean or sea partly enclosed by land.2. a deep hollow; chasm or abyss.3. any wide separation, as in position, status, or education.4. something that engulfs or swallows up.v.t.5. to swallow up; engulf.[1300-50; ME go(u)lf < OF golfe < It golfo < LGk kólphos, Gk kólpos bosom, lap, bay]Syn. 2. canyon, gorge, gully, cleft, rift, split.
* * *IAny large coastal indentation, similar to a bay but larger.Most existing gulfs were formed or greatly extended as a result of the rise in sea level that accompanied the ending of the last ice age. Some, such as the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Oman, resulted from warping, folding, or downfaulting of the Earth's crust, which caused parts of the shoreline to drop below sea level. Most gulfs are connected with the sea by one or more straits. A gulf may have a group of islands at its mouth or may open into another gulf. Gulfs may differ from the adjoining sea in water properties and sedimentation.II(as used in expressions)Aden Gulf ofAlaska Gulf ofAqaba Gulf ofArta Gulf ofGulf of ChihliBothnia Gulf ofCalifornia Gulf ofCarpentaria Gulf ofFonseca Gulf ofGdansk Gulf ofGuacanayabo Gulf ofGuinea Gulf ofIllinois Central Gulf Railroad Co.Khambhat Gulf ofGulf of CambayLaconia Gulf ofLeyte Gulf Battle ofLion Gulf ofMessenia Gulf ofMexico Gulf ofNicoya Gulf ofOman Gulf ofParia Gulf ofPersian Gulf War FirstPersian Gulf War SecondRiga Gulf ofSaint Lawrence Gulf ofSaint Vincent GulfSaint Malo Gulf ofShelikhov Gulf ofSidra Gulf ofGulf of SirteSuez Gulf ofTehuantepec Gulf ofThailand Gulf ofGulf of SiamTonkin Gulf ofVenice Gulf ofGulf of Gascony
* * *any large coastal indentation. A gulf is similar to a bay both in terms of shape and of origin, but it generally occupies a larger area.A brief treatment of gulfs follows. For further discussion, see ocean: Gulfs and bays (ocean).Most existing gulfs were formed or greatly extended as a result of the rise in sea level that accompanied the melting of the last Pleistocene glacial ice mass, as vast sections of the continental margins were drowned. Some pronounced coastal concavities, however, have resulted from the warping, folding, or downfaulting of the Earth's crust, which caused large segments of the shoreline to drop below sea level. The Gulf of California and the Gulf of Oman were formed when such tectonic depressions were inundated by the sea.Gulfs may occur alone or in groups. Single gulfs generally are formed along linear shores of continents, whereas clusters of gulfs tend to occur along irregular shorelines of complex geologic structure. In most cases, gulfs are connected with the sea by one or more straits. Some gulfs may have a group of islands at their mouths; others may open into another gulf on the opposite side.Gulfs may differ from the adjoining sea by virtue of water properties and the processes of sedimentation. Differences of this sort are dictated by the size and shape of a particular gulf as well as by its depth and bottom topography. In a large number of cases, the degree to which a gulf is isolated from the adjacent sea is also a contributing factor.
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