1. A channel at the eaves of a roof for conveying away the rain; an eaves channel; an eaves trough.

2. A small channel at the roadside or elsewhere, to lead off surface water. "Gutters running with ale." (Macaulay)

3. Any narrow channel or groove; as, a gutter formed by erosion in the vent of a gun from repeated firing. Gutter member, one of the pieces of furniture which separate pages in a form.

Origin: OE. Gotere, OF. Goutiere, F. Gouttiere, fr. OF. Gote, goute, drop, F. Goutte, fr. L. Gutta.

(01 Mar 1998)