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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The alimentary canal or a portion thereof, especially the intestine or stomach.
  • n. The embryonic digestive tube, consisting of the foregut, the midgut, and the hindgut.
  • n. The bowels; entrails; viscera.
  • n. Slang Innermost emotional or visceral response: She felt in her gut that he was guilty.
  • n. Slang The essential components or inner working parts: "The best part of a good car . . . is its guts” ( Leigh Allison Wilson).
  • n. Slang Courage; fortitude.
  • n. Slang Nerve; audacity.
  • n. Slang A gut course.
  • n. A thin, tough cord made from the intestines of animals, usually sheep, used as strings for musical instruments or as surgical sutures.
  • n. A narrow passage or channel.
  • n. Fibrous material taken from the silk gland of a silkworm before it spins a cocoon, used for fishing tackle.
  • transitive v. To remove the intestines or entrails of; eviscerate.
  • transitive v. To extract essential or major parts of: gut a manuscript.
  • transitive v. To destroy the interior of: Fire gutted the house.
  • transitive v. To reduce or destroy the effectiveness of: A stipulation added at the last minute gutted the ordinance.
  • adj. Slang Arousing or involving basic emotions; visceral: "Conservationism is a gut issue in the West” ( Saturday Review).
  • idiom gut it out Slang To show pluck and perseverance in the face of opposition or adversity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The alimentary canal, especially the intestine.
  • n. The abdomen of a person, especially one that is enlarged
  • n. The intestines of an animal used to make strings of a tennis racket or violin, etc.
  • n. A person's emotional, visceral self.
  • n. this sense?) Any small internal organs.
  • n. The essential, core parts.
  • n. Ability and will to face up to adversity or unpleasantness.
  • n. A gut course
  • v. To eviscerate.
  • v. To remove or destroy the most important parts of.
  • adj. Made of gut, e.g., a violin with gut strings
  • adj. Instinctive, e.g., a gut reaction

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A narrow passage of water.
  • n. An intenstine; a bowel; the whole alimentary canal; the enteron; (pl.) bowels; entrails.
  • n. One of the prepared entrails of an animal, esp. of a sheep, used for various purposes. See Catgut.
  • n. The sac of silk taken from a silkworm (when ready to spin its cocoon), for the purpose of drawing it out into a thread. This, when dry, is exceedingly strong, and is used as the snood of a fish line.
  • transitive v. To take out the bowels from; to eviscerate.
  • transitive v. To plunder of contents; to destroy or remove the interior or contents of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take out the entrails of; disembowel; eviscerate.
  • To plunder of contents; destroy or strip the interior of: as, the burglars gutted the store.
  • n. Either the whole or a distinct division of that part of the alimentary canal of an animal which extends from the stomach to the anus; the intestinal canal, or any part of it; an intestine: as, the large gut; the small gut; the blind gut, or cæcum.
  • n. In the plural, the bowels; the whole mass formed by the natural convolutions of the intestinal canal in the abdomen.
  • n. In biology, the whole intestinal tube, alimentary canal, or digestive tract; the enteric tube, from mouth to anus. See enteron, stomodæum, proctodæum.
  • n. The whole digestive system; the viscera; the entrails in general: commonly in the plural.
  • n. The substance forming the case of the intestine; intestinal tissue or fiber: as, sheep's gut; calf-gut.
  • n. A preparation of the intestines of an animal used for various purposes, as for the strings of a violin, or, in angling, for the snood or leader to which the hook or lure is attached.
  • n. A narrow passage; particularly, a narrow channel of water; a strait; a long narrow inlet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a strong cord made from the intestines of sheep and used in surgery
  • n. the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
  • v. empty completely; destroy the inside of
  • n. a narrow channel or strait
  • v. remove the guts of

Etymologies

From Middle English guttes, entrails, from Old English guttas; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gut, gutte, gotte, from Old English gutt (usually in plural guttas ("guts, entrails")), from Proto-Germanic *gut-, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰeud- (“to pour”). Related to English gote ("drain"), Old English ġēotan ("to pour"). More at gote, yote. (Wiktionary)

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