A gutter is a pipe or trough along the edge of a roof that carries rainwater away from a building. Another kind of gutter is the indentation beside a street curb. Water flows through these gutters too, usually into a storm drain.

The purpose of the gutters on a roof is to prevent water damage to a structure or flooding around its foundation. If your house has no gutters, water will run down the roof and drip from its edges. Over time, water can harm your house by rotting wood siding or trim, pooling beside its foundation, and seeping into your basement. A gutter directs the flow of rainwater away from the house, often into a drain or rain barrel.

Primary Meanings of gutter

a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater
wear or cut gutters into
burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker
Full Definitions of gutter

n a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater

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chute, slide, slideway, sloping trough
sloping channel through which things can descend
a gutter in a roof
coal chute
a chute for coal
a chute down which logs can slide
water chute
chute with flowing water down which toboggans and inner tubes and people slide into a pool
Type of:
a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through

n a worker who guts things (fish or buildings or cars etc.)

Type of:
a person who works at a specific occupation

n a tool for gutting fish

Type of:
hand tool
a tool used with workers' hands

n misfortune resulting in lost effort or money

“his career was in the gutter
sewer, toilet
Type of:
bad luck, ill luck, misfortune, tough luck
an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes

v wear or cut gutters into

“The heavy rain guttered the soil”
Type of:
dig into, poke into, probe
examine physically with or as if with a probe

v provide with gutters

gutter the buildings”
Type of:
cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

v flow in small streams

“Tears guttered down her face”
Type of:
course, feed, flow, run
move along, of liquids

v burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker

“The cooling lava continued to gutter toward lower ground”
Type of:
burn, glow
shine intensely, as if with heat

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