gutter

Definitions

  • Cover of Phil May's Gutter-Snipes
    Cover of Phil May's Gutter-Snipes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gutter provide with gutters "gutter the buildings"
    • v gutter wear or cut gutters into "The heavy rain guttered the soil"
    • v gutter flow in small streams "Tears guttered down her face"
    • v gutter burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker "The cooling lava continued to gutter toward lower ground"
    • n gutter a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater
    • n gutter a tool for gutting fish
    • n gutter a worker who guts things (fish or buildings or cars etc.)
    • n gutter misfortune resulting in lost effort or money "his career was in the gutter","all that work went down the sewer","pensions are in the toilet"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gutter A channel at the eaves of a roof for conveying away the rain; an eaves channel; an eaves trough.
    • Gutter A small channel at the roadside or elsewhere, to lead off surface water. "Gutters running with ale."
    • Gutter Any narrow channel or groove; as, a gutter formed by erosion in the vent of a gun from repeated firing.
    • Gutter (Bowling) Either of two sunken channels at either side of the bowling alley, leading directly to the sunken pit behind the pins. Balls not thrown accurately at the pins will drop into such a channel bypassing the pins, and resulting in a score of zero for that bowl.
    • v. i Gutter To become channeled, as a candle when the flame flares in the wind.
    • Gutter To cut or form into small longitudinal hollows; to channel.
    • Gutter To supply with a gutter or gutters.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gutter A narrow channel at the eaves or on the roof of a building, at the sides of a road or a street, or elsewhere, for carrying off water or other fluid; a conduit; a trough.
    • n gutter A furrow; especially, a furrow made by the action of water.
    • n gutter A passageway; a secret passage.
    • n gutter plural Mud; mire; dirt.
    • n gutter In Australian gold-mining, the lower auriferous part of the channel of an old river of the Tertiary age, now often deeply covered by volcanic materials and detrital deposits.
    • n gutter In printing, one of a number of pieces of wood or metal, channeled in the center with a groove or gutter, used to separate the pages of type in a form. Also gutter-stick.
    • n gutter In entomology, any groove or elongate depression, especially when it serves as a receptacle for a part or an organ; specifically, a fold or deflexed and incurved space on the posterior wing of a lepidopterous insect, adjoining the inner edge, and embracing the abdomen from above downward when the wings are at rest.
    • n gutter In cabinet-work, etc., a slight depression. Flutings and godroons are always in series; the term gutter is used rather for a single depression or one of two or three.
    • gutter To furrow, groove, or channel, as by the flow of a liquid.
    • gutter To conduct off, as by a trough or gutter.
    • gutter To provide with gutters: as, to gutter a house.
    • gutter To become channeled by the flow of melted tallow or wax, as a burning candle.
    • gutter To let fall drops, as of melted tallow from a candle.
    • n gutter One who guts fish in dressing them.
    • gutter To devour greedily.
    • n gutter In turpentine-making, one of two thin bent strips of metal which are inserted in gashes cut into the face of a tree and serve to couduct resin into a cup.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gutter gut′ėr a channel at the eaves of a roof for conveying away water: a channel for water: :
    • v.t Gutter to cut or form into small hollows
    • v.i Gutter to become hollowed: to run down in drops, as a candle
    • n Gutter gut′ėr (print.) one of a number of pieces of wood or metal, grooved in the centre, used to separate the pages of type in a form
    • n Gutter gut′ėr (pl.) mud, dirt (Scot.)
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
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    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.”
  • Gerald Priestland
    Gerald Priestland
    “Journalists belong in the gutter because that is where the ruling classes throw their guilty secrets.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gotere, OF. goutiere, F. gouttière, fr. OF. gote, goute, drop, F. goutte, fr. L. gutta,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. goutieregoute—L. gutta, a drop.

Usage

In literature:

When the limb is oedematous, the outline of the veins is obscured, but they can be identified on palpation as gutter-like tracks.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
It had the air of a neglected gutter-child, dirty and disconsolate.
""Contemptible"" by "Casualty"
It looked out upon a broad gutter and was three storeys from the street.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
Every saloon was emptied and every gutter flowed with wines and liquors.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
The soldiers were rolling heavy barrels to the gutter, and knocking off the heads.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
The gutters are running with it.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
This particular bit of gutter-slang induced a peculiar irritation.
"The Patient Observer" by Simeon Strunsky
But by-and-by I came to like the gutter, and here I am.
"The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont" by Robert Barr
But I am not anxious for the liberty of getting drunk and lying in the gutter.
"The Bobbin Boy" by William M. Thayer
The day was a wet one, and the gutter ran with liquid mud.
"The Adventures of Harry Revel" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
His eyes were like lamps burned low, and the wrinkles under them had guttered into misery.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
When Sandy's on for doin' something special, he nearhand aye mak's a gutter o't some wey or ither.
"My Man Sandy" by J. B. Salmond
The finish without gutter 128 235.
"Carpentry for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
It was there, at the very end of the gable: a little manhole, just big enough to let a small body through to clear the gutter, and no more.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
At the central part the gutter was 3/4 in.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
Standing ankle deep in the gutters, they waded in it and splashed it over each other.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
I am an orphan gypsy girl, and my master picked me up out of the gutter.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Juneau has an annual rainfall of nine feet; the streets are guttered: indeed the streets are gutters in some cases.
"Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska" by Charles Warren Stoddard
At the same moment more water streamed into the gutter, so that it overflowed, and the piece of bottle was carried away.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
No longer did he gasp when a child in Stepney picked up orange-peel from the gutter and ate it.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
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In poetry:

When you’re down an’ out an’ utter,
Take it fightin’;
When they’ve put you in the gutter,
Take it fightin’.
"Take It Fightin’" by Henry Lawson
Contentment is found in the gutter;
Prosperity’s robbing the poor;
Base envy and hatred are thriving;
Morality’s voted a bore.
"The Misanthrope's Reverie" by Joseph Warren Watson
Dawn will set candles guttering.
It will light up and loose the swifts.
With this reminder I'll burst in:
Let life be just as fresh as this!
"Fiat" by Boris Pasternak
Across the window-pane
It pours and pours;
And swift and wide,
With a muddy tide,
Like a river down the gutter roars
The rain, the welcome rain!
"Rain In Summer" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
As on he did ride
A ditch he espied,
And straightway to leap it went pony and Hyde;
But Rossinante shied,
And straight sprung aside,
And into the gutter roll'd Habakkuk Hyde.
"Habakkuk Hyde." by Samuel Bamford
The gutters overflow; the change of weather
Makes all you see appear alive and new.
Meanwhile the shades of sky are growing lighter,
Beyond the blackest cloud the height is blue.
"After The Storm" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

Arnold's body was found in the gutter of her street, and evidence suggested much of the attack occurred outside the home, Walsh said.
Gutter Cleaning Tips That Can Save Your Life.
Sam's Lawncare, Leaf Removal & Gutter Cleanup 336-302-4108.
If residents must place leaves in the gutter prior to the scheduled collection dates, spread them in a lower pile along the gutter.
City residents are asked to place loose leaves in the street along the curb near the gutter by Monday.
Limestone Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council will host free workshops in Ringgold to help residents build and take home their own rainbarrels to be attached to household gutters.
Then, too, Gutter Helmet of North Florida owns a New Tech Machinery gutter machine and can run seamless gutters for its commercial projects just as for residential jobs.
To keep up with its varied workload, Academy Roofing owns and operates a half-dozen gutter machines from Denver-based New Tech Machinery .
In addition to these distribution channels, a major hardware store chain is expected to order 500,000 feet in December for its 2013 spring launch on one of Lenney's gutter guards.
The city later this month will begin work to repair damaged sidewalks, curbs and gutter sections as well as update them for handicapped access.
Okay, get your mind out of the gutter NOT those kind of inflatables.
He reported that he had fallen off a ladder the day before while cleaning gutters.
One point gutter broom holding plate for street sweepers.
Change a set of gutter brooms in less than a minute with its one bolt system.
Work will include water main installation, curb and gutter spot repairs, asphalt paving and isolated sod placement.
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In science:

In the center of a metal gutter two metal spheres connected by a strand lay.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
While spheres have not fallen from the gutter, the bulb in the electric scheme shown in the figure does not burn, since the electric element is short circuited.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
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