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gutter

gut·ter

gutter

 
 
pronunciation:
guh tr
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a shallow channel or trough for draining water, as under the eaves of a roof or along the edge of a road or street.
The gutters are filled with leaves and need to be cleaned out.
similar words:
gully
definition 2: a furrow or trough hollowed out by running water.
similar words:
gully
definition 3: the sunken trough on each side of a bowling alley.
The ball rolled straight into the gutter.
definition 4: an environment characterized by degradation or immorality.
I was a drug addict, and I lived in the gutter.In that skirt, you look like you're from the gutter.
definition 5: the inner margins between facing pages of a book.
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: guttered, guttering, gutters
definition 1: to flow in rivulets or small streams.
definition 2: of a candle, to drain off the melted wax from the hollow formed around the burning wick through a channel formed at the edge of the hollow.
definition 3: to flicker or burn low, as a candle or lamp with a wick.
The candle guttered and finally went out.
antonyms:
flare
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to make grooves or channels in.
definition 2: to provide a gutter or gutters for.
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