from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A deep ditch or channel cut in the earth by running water after a prolonged downpour.
- transitive v. To wear a deep ditch or channel in.
- intransitive v. To form a deep ditch or channel.
- n. Chiefly British A large knife.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A trench, ravine or narrow channel which was worn by water flow, especially on a hillside.
- n. A small valley.
- n. A drop kerb.
- n. A road drain.
- n. A fielding position on the off side about 30 degrees behind square, between the slips and point; a fielder in such a position
- v. To flow noisily.
- n. A large knife.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large knife.
- n. A channel or hollow worn in the earth by a current of water; a short deep portion of a torrent's bed when dry.
- n. A grooved iron rail or tram plate.
- transitive v. To wear into a gully or into gullies.
- intransitive v. To flow noisily.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A channel or hollow worn in the earth by a current of water; a narrow ravine; a ditch; a gutter.
- n. An iron tram-plate or rail.
- To wear into a gully or channel; form gullies in.
- To run, as water, with a noise.
- n. A kind of knife; a sheathknife. See the first extract.
- n. A catch-basin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. deep ditch cut by running water (especially after a prolonged downpour)
Perhaps alteration of Middle English golet, throat, channel; see gullet.
Short for dialectal gully knife : gully (probably alteration of Middle English golet, throat; see gullet) + knife.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably related to Middle English golet "ravine, throat," French goulet, Latin gula "throat". (Wiktionary)
Scots gully, of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)