gulf stream


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gulf \Gulf\ (g[u^]lf), n. [F. golfe, It. golfo, fr. Gr. ko`lpos
   bosom, bay, gulf, LGr. ko`lfos.]
   1. A hollow place in the earth; an abyss; a deep chasm or
      basin,
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            He then surveyed
            Hell and the gulf between.            --Milton.
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            Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed.
                                                  --Luke xvi.
                                                  26.
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   2. That which swallows; the gullet. [Obs.] --Shak.
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   3. That which swallows irretrievably; a whirlpool; a sucking
      eddy. --Shak.
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            A gulf of ruin, swallowing gold.      --Tennyson.
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   4. (Geog.) A portion of an ocean or sea extending into the
      land; a partially land-locked sea; as, the Gulf of Mexico.
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   5. (Mining) A large deposit of ore in a lode.
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   Gulf Stream (Geog.), the warm ocean current of the North
      Atlantic.

   Note: It originates in the westward equatorial current, due
         to the trade winds, is deflected northward by Cape St.
         Roque through the Gulf of Mexico, and flows parallel to
         the coast of North America, turning eastward off the
         island of Nantucket. Its average rate of flow is said
         to be about two miles an hour. The similar Japan
         current, or Kuro-Siwo, is sometimes called the Gulf
         Stream of the Pacific.

   Gulf weed (Bot.), a branching seaweed ({Sargassum
      bacciferum}, or sea grape), having numerous berrylike air
      vessels, -- found in the Gulf Stream, in the Sargasso Sea,
      and elsewhere.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stream \Stream\ (str[=e]m), n. [AS. stre['a]m; akin to OFries.
   str[=a]m, OS. str[=o]m, D. stroom, G. strom, OHG. stroum,
   str[=u]m, Dan. & Sw. str["o]m, Icel. straumr, Ir. sroth,
   Lith. srove, Russ. struia, Gr. "ry`sis a flowing, "rei^n to
   flow, Skr. sru. [root]174. Cf. Catarrh, Diarrhea,
   Rheum, Rhythm.]
   1. A current of water or other fluid; a liquid flowing
      continuously in a line or course, either on the earth, as
      a river, brook, etc., or from a vessel, reservoir, or
      fountain; specifically, any course of running water; as,
      many streams are blended in the Mississippi; gas and steam
      came from the earth in streams; a stream of molten lead
      from a furnace; a stream of lava from a volcano.
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   2. A beam or ray of light. "Sun streams." --Chaucer.
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   3. Anything issuing or moving with continued succession of
      parts; as, a stream of words; a stream of sand. "The
      stream of beneficence." --Atterbury. "The stream of
      emigration." --Macaulay.
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   4. A continued current or course; as, a stream of weather.
      "The very stream of his life." --Shak.
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   5. Current; drift; tendency; series of tending or moving
      causes; as, the stream of opinions or manners.
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   Gulf stream. See under Gulf.

   Stream anchor, Stream cable. (Naut.) See under Anchor,
      and Cable.

   Stream ice, blocks of ice floating in a mass together in
      some definite direction.

   Stream tin, particles or masses of tin ore found in
      alluvial ground; -- so called because a stream of water is
      the principal agent used in separating the ore from the
      sand and gravel.

   Stream works (Cornish Mining), a place where an alluvial
      deposit of tin ore is worked. --Ure.

   To float with the stream, figuratively, to drift with the
      current of opinion, custom, etc., so as not to oppose or
      check it.
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   Syn: Current; flow; rush; tide; course.

   Usage: Stream, Current. These words are often properly
          interchangeable; but stream is the broader word,
          denoting a prevailing onward course. The stream of the
          Mississippi rolls steadily on to the Gulf of Mexico,
          but there are reflex currents in it which run for a
          while in a contrary direction.
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