gutter

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
gut•ter /ˈgʌtɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] a channel at the side or in the middle of a road or street, for carrying off surface water.
  2. [countable] a channel at the edge of or on the roof of a building, for carrying off rainwater.
  3. Sport[countable] the lower channel along either side of a bowling alley.
  4. the state or condition of those who live in squalid conditions:[uncountable]He rose from the gutter to prominence.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
gut•ter  (gutər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a channel at the side or in the middle of a road or street, for leading off surface water.
  2. a channel at the eaves or on the roof of a building, for carrying off rain water.
  3. any channel, trough, or the like for carrying off fluid.
  4. a furrow or channel made by running water.
  5. Sport[Bowling.]a sunken channel on each side of the alley from the line marking the limit of a fair delivery of the ball to the sunken area behind the pins.
  6. the state or abode of those who live in degradation, squalor, etc.:the language of the gutter.
  7. the white space formed by the inner margins of two facing pages in a bound book, magazine, or newspaper.

v.i. 
  1. to flow in streams.
  2. (of a candle) to lose molten wax accumulated in a hollow space around the wick.
  3. (of a lamp or candle flame) to burn low or to be blown so as to be nearly extinguished.
  4. to form gutters, as water does.

v.t. 
  1. to make gutters in;
    channel.
  2. to furnish with a gutter or gutters:to gutter a new house.
gutter•like′, adj. 
  • Anglo-French goutiere, equivalent. to goutte drop (see gout) + -iere, feminine of -ier -er2
  • Middle English gutter, goter 1250–1300


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gutter /ˈɡʌtə/ n
  1. a channel along the eaves or on the roof of a building, used to collect and carry away rainwater
  2. a channel running along the kerb or the centre of a road to collect and carry away rainwater
  3. a trench running beside a canal lined with clay puddle
  4. either of the two channels running parallel to a tenpin bowling lane
  5. the white space between the facing pages of an open book
  6. a dangerous deep channel formed by currents and waves
  7. the guttera poverty-stricken, degraded, or criminal environment
vb
  1. (transitive) to make gutters in
  2. (intransitive) to flow in a stream or rivulet
  3. (intransitive) (of a candle) to melt away by the wax forming channels and running down in drops
  4. (intransitive) (of a flame) to flicker and be about to go out
Etymology: 13th Century: from Anglo-French goutiere, from Old French goute a drop, from Latin gutta



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