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1 a deep inlet of the sea almost surrounded by land, with a narrow mouth.
• ( the Gulf) informal name for Persian Gulf .
2 a deep ravine, chasm, or abyss.
• figurative a large difference or division between two people or groups, or between viewpoints, concepts, or situations : a wide gulf between theory and practice.
ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French golfe, from Italian golfo, based on Greek kolpos ‘bosom, gulf.’
1 our ship sailed into the gulf inlet, bay, bight, cove, fjord, estuary, sound.
2 the ice gave way and a gulf widened slowly hole, crevasse, fissure, cleft, split, rift, pit, cavity, chasm, abyss, void; ravine, gorge, canyon, gully.
3 a growing gulf between rich and poor divide, division, separation, gap, breach, rift, split, chasm, abyss; difference, contrast, polarity.