WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
gut•ter /ˈgʌtɚ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- [countable] a channel at the side or in the middle of a road or street, for carrying off surface water.
- [countable] a channel at the edge of or on the roof of a building, for carrying off rainwater.
- Sport[countable] the lower channel along either side of a bowling alley.
- the state or condition of those who live in squalid conditions:[uncountable]He rose from the gutter to prominence.
(gut′ər),USA pronunciation n.
- a channel at the side or in the middle of a road or street, for leading off surface water.
- a channel at the eaves or on the roof of a building, for carrying off rain water.
- any channel, trough, or the like for carrying off fluid.
- a furrow or channel made by running water.
- 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.
- the state or abode of those who live in degradation, squalor, etc.:the language of the gutter.
- the white space formed by the inner margins of two facing pages in a bound book, magazine, or newspaper.
- to flow in streams.
- (of a candle) to lose molten wax accumulated in a hollow space around the wick.
- (of a lamp or candle flame) to burn low or to be blown so as to be nearly extinguished.
- to form gutters, as water does.
- to make gutters in;
- to furnish with a gutter or gutters:to gutter a new house.
- Anglo-French goutiere, equivalent. to goutte drop (see gout) + -iere, feminine of -ier -er2
- Middle English gutter, goter 1250–1300
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gutter /ˈɡʌtə/ n
- a channel along the eaves or on the roof of a building, used to collect and carry away rainwater
- a channel running along the kerb or the centre of a road to collect and carry away rainwater
- a trench running beside a canal lined with clay puddle
- either of the two channels running parallel to a tenpin bowling lane
- the white space between the facing pages of an open book
- a dangerous deep channel formed by currents and waves
- the gutter ⇒ a poverty-stricken, degraded, or criminal environment
Etymology: 13th Century: from Anglo-French goutiere, from Old French goute a drop, from Latin gutta
- (transitive) to make gutters in
- (intransitive) to flow in a stream or rivulet
- (intransitive) (of a candle) to melt away by the wax forming channels and running down in drops
- (intransitive) (of a flame) to flicker and be about to go out
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