gutter

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. A gutter directs the flow of rainwater away from the house, often into a drain or rain barrel. There are other kinds of gutters, too, like the gutters that drain water on the edge of a street and the gutters on the sides of a bowling lane. As a verb, gutter means "to flicker or burn unsteadily," like a candle in the wind.

Definitions of gutter
  1. noun
    a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater
    synonyms: trough
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    chute, slide, slideway, sloping trough
    sloping channel through which things can descend
    cullis
    a gutter in a roof
    coal chute
    a chute for coal
    runway
    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:
    channel
    a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through
  2. noun
    a channel at the edge of a street for carrying off surface water
  3. noun
    a channel or trough for catching and carrying something off, as on each side of a bowling lane
  4. noun
    a worker who guts things (fish or buildings or cars etc.)
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    worker
    a person who works at a specific occupation
  5. noun
    a tool for gutting fish
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    hand tool
    a tool used with workers' hands
  6. noun
    a state of misfortune resulting in lost effort or money
    “his career was in the gutter
    synonyms: sewer, toilet
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    bad luck, ill luck, misfortune, tough luck
    an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
  7. verb
    wear or cut gutters into
    “The heavy rain guttered the soil”
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    dig into, poke into, probe
    examine physically with or as if with a probe
  8. verb
    provide with gutters
    gutter the buildings”
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    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  9. verb
    flow in small streams
    “Tears guttered down her face”
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    course, feed, flow, run
    move along, of liquids
  10. verb
    burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker
    “The cooling lava continued to gutter toward lower ground”
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    burn, glow
    shine intensely, as if with heat
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