gutter (plural gutters)
- A prepared channel in a surface, especially at the side of a road adjacent to a curb, intended for the drainage of water.
- 1836, Charles F. Partington, The British Cyclopaedia of Literature, History, Geography, Law and Politics, page 202:
- They a not so clean as they might be, since the water [is] carried off by only one gutter, in the centre of t[he] street
- A ditch along the side of a road.
- 1902, Massachusetts. Highway Commission, Annual Report of the Massachusetts Highway Commission, volume 9:
- In nearly all of the towns the gutters are filled with vegetation, or have been neglected for so long a time that the roadway becomes its own drainage bed.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, in The China Governess:
- ‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. […]’
- 2006, Henry Clark, Trophy Boy, page 122:
- As Mike parked the vehicle, its right wheels sank into an unpaved gutter gradually worn irregular and deep by the rush of rainwater flowing down the street.
- 2011, Judith Duncan, Murphy's Child:
- Meltwater gathered in the icy ruts of the unpaved road, the pressure wearing thin channels in the packed snow. Along the gutter the rivulets of spring runoff cut a course to the storm sewer
- A duct or channel beneath the eaves of a building to carry rain water; eavestrough.
- The gutters must be cleared of leaves a few times a year.
- (bowling) A groove down the sides of a bowling lane.
- You can decide to use the bumpers to avoid the ball going down the gutter every time.
- A large groove (commonly behind animals) in a barn used for the collection and removal of animal excrement.
- Any narrow channel or groove, such as one formed by erosion in the vent of a gun from repeated firing.
- (typography) A space between printed columns of text.
- (printing) One of a number of pieces of wood or metal, grooved in the centre, used to separate the pages of type in a form.
- (philately) An unprinted space between rows of stamps.
- (Britain) A drainage channel.
- The notional locus of things, acts, or events which are distasteful, ill bred or morally questionable.
- (figuratively) A low, vulgar state.
- Get your mind out of the gutter.
- What kind of gutter language is that? I ought to wash your mouth out with soap.
- (comics) The spaces between comic book panels.
Terms derived from gutter
- Sranan Tongo: gotro
prepared channel in a surface
ditch along the side of road
duct or channel beneath the eaves
groove beside a bowling lane
groove for collection and removal of animal excrement
space between columns in text
philately: unprinted space between rows of stamps
locus of something distasteful or morally questionable
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- To flow or stream; to form gutters. [from late 14th c.]
- (of a candle) To melt away by having the molten wax run down along the side of the candle. [from early 18th c.]
- (of a small flame) To flicker as if about to be extinguished.
- (transitive) To send (a bowling ball) into the gutter, not hitting any pins.
- (transitive) To supply with a gutter or gutters.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
- (transitive) To cut or form into small longitudinal hollows; to channel.
- c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act 2, scene 1]:
- The gutter'd-Rockes, and Congregated Sands,
to flow or stream; to form gutters
to supply with a gutter or gutters
to cut or form into small longitudinal hollows — see channel
gutter (plural gutters)
- One who or that which guts.
- 1921, Bernie Babcock, The Coming of the King, page 151:
- A Galilean Rabbi? When did this Province of diggers in dirt and gutters of fish send forth Rabbis? Thou makest a jest.
- 2013, Don Keith, Shelley Stewart, Mattie C.'s Boy: The Shelley Stewart Story, page 34:
- An old, rusty coat hanger made a rudimentary fish-gutter.