Couloir

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Couloir A deep gorge; a gully.
    • Couloir (Hydraul. Engin) A dredging machine for excavating canals, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n couloir A steeply ascending gorge or gully: applied especially to gorges near the Alpine summits.
    • n couloir A dredging-machine which employs iron elevator-buckets on an endless chain and excavates by making a gully where the buckets pass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Couloir kool-wär a gully filled with snow.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., a strainer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.

Usage

In literature:

But to crawl up that couloir with a sick heart and a desperate impulse to hurry was the worst sort of nightmare.
"Mr. Standfast" by John Buchan
Il se leva le dernier au matin, proposa au logeur de balayer la chambre et le couloir.
"Histoires grises" by E. Edouard Tavernier
The great width of the St. Petersburg Canal was too much for the long couloirs, hence some other plan had to be found.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 497, July 11, 1885" by Various
The couloir proved to be something of a hard proposition right at the beginning.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls in the Hills" by Janet Aldridge
Just below him lay the longest ice-slope, or couloir, he had hitherto encountered.
"Rivers of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
Beyond that there is a couloir running right up to the ridge, and it will be the easiest place for us to mount.
"The Crystal Hunters" by George Manville Fenn
If it was nearer town you would find an orchestra in each amphitheater up there, with sideshows in every couloir.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
The place they were now in was a very steep, chimney-like rock gully, such as would be known in Alpine parlance as a `couloir.
"The White Hand and the Black" by Bertram Mitford
In the middle of the mountain there was a gap or couloir, and there we crept up to inspect the sea-way southward.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
From the Montanvert side a steep gully leads to the cleft; up this couloir we proposed to try the ascent.
"The Glaciers of the Alps" by John Tyndall
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In news:

In early spring the Dana Couloir in Yosemite National Park is a black-diamond run for adventurous back country skiers.
No ski resort in North America has a chute so legendary as Corbet 's Couloir in Wyoming—a crucible where skiers go to prove their mettle (or more often, to retreat in fear).
No ski resort in North America has a chute so legendary as Corbet's Couloir in Wyoming—a crucible where skiers go to prove their mettle (or more often, to retreat in fear).
Tom TurianoThe Ford-Chevy-Stettner route plunges off the summit into a series of 50-55 degree couloirs replete with massive exposure and treacherous ice bulges (CLICK TO ENLARGE).
Unskied Line #7: Lhotse Couloir.
Jimmy ChinThe highly exposed Lhotse Couloir, as viewed from the summit of Mount Everest in 2006.
The story behind Portillo's renowned couloir.
Carlo Travarelli Super C Couloir.
What to bring when you're about to hike six hours up a backcountry couloir.
Thomas Grant is seen in this undated photo snowboarding in the Steep Class Couloirs in Thompson Pass in Alaska.
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