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Innocence; freedom from guilt or crime. Sidney.


Diseased in consequence of guilt. Beaum.

GUILT'Y, a. [gilt'y; Sax. gyltig.]

  1. Criminal; having knowingly committed a crime or offense, or having violated a law by an overt act or by neglect, and by that act or neglect, being liable to punishment; not innocent. It may be followed by of; as, to be guilty of theft or arson. Nor he, nor you, were guilty of the strife. Dryden.
  2. Wicked; corrupt; sinful; as, a guilty world.
  3. Conscious. B. Jonson. In Scripture, to be guilty of death, is to have committed a crime which deserves death. Matth. xxvi. To be guilty of the body and blood of Christ, is to be chargeable with the crime of crucifying Christ afresh, and offering indignity to his person and righteousness, represented by the symbols of the Lord's supper. 1 Cor. xi.


The Jewish harp.

GUIN'EA, n. [gin'ny; from Guinea, in Africa, which abounds with gold.]

Formerly, a gold coin of Great Britain of the value of twenty-one shillings sterling, equal to $4.66 2-3, American money.


One who cheats by dropping guineas.


The Numida meleagris, a fowl of the gallinaceous order, a native of Africa. It is larger than the common domestic hen, and has a kind of colored fleshy horn on each side of the head. Its color is a dark gray, beautifully variegated with small white spots. Encyc.


A plant, the Capsicum. The fruit of some species is used for pickles.


In zoology, a quadruped of the genus Cavia or cavy, found in Brazil. It is about seven inches in length, and of a white color, variegated with spots of orange and black.

GUIN'IAD, or GWIN'IAD, n. [W. gwen, gwyn, white.]

The whiting, a fish of the salmon or trout kind, found in many lakes in Europe and in Hudson's Bay. It is gregarious, and may be taken in vast numbers at a draught. Encyc. Pennant.

GUISE, n. [gize; Fr. guise; It. guisa, way, manner; Arm. guis, giz; W. gwez, order, shape; Sax. wise; Eng. wise; G. weise; D. guizen, to beguile.]

  1. External appearance; dress; garb. He appeared in the guise of a shepherd. The hypocrite wears the guise of religion. That love which is without dissimulation, wears not the guise of modern liberality. J. M. Mason.
  2. Manner; mien; cast or behavior. By their guise / Just men they seem. Milton.
  3. Custom; mode; practice. The swain replied, it never was our guise, / To slight the poor, or aught humane despise. Pope.

GUIS'ER, n. [gi'zer.]

A person in disguise; a mummer who goes about at Christmas. Eng. Guisto in music, in just, equal or steady time.

GUIT-AR', n. [gitar'; Fr. guitare; It. chitarra; Sp. and Port. guitarra; L. cithara; Gr. κιθαρα.]

A stringed instrument of music; in England and the United States, used chiefly by ladies, but in Spain and Italy, much used by men. Encyc.

GU'LA, or GO'LA, n.

An ogee or wavy member in a building; the cymatium.


An aquatic fowl of a size between a duck and a goose, the breast and belly white, the head mallard green. It inhabits Iceland. Pennant.

GULCH, n. [D. gulzig, greedy.]

A glutton; a swallowing or devouring. Not used.]

GULCH, v.t.

To swallow greedily. [Not used.]

GULES, n. [Fr. gueules, red.]

In heraldry, a term denoting red, intended perhaps to represent courage, animation or hardihood. Encyc.

GULF, n. [Fr. golfe; It. Sp. and Port. golfo; Arm. golf; D. golf; Gr. κολπος.]

  1. A recess in the ocean from the general line of the shore into the land, or a tract of water extending from the ocean or a sea into the land, between two points or promontories; a large bay; as, the gulf of Mexico; the gulf of Venice; the gulf of Finland. A gulf and a bay differ only in extent. We apply bay to a large or small recess of the sea, as the bay of Biscay, the bay of Fundy; but gulf is applied only to a large extent of water.
  2. An abyss; a deep place in the earth; as, the gulf of Avernus. Spenser.
  3. A whirlpool; an absorbing eddy. Spenser.
  4. Any thing insatiable. Shak.


Indented with gulf or bays. J. Barlow.

GULF'Y, a.

Full of whirlpools or gulfs; as, a gulfy sea.

GULL, n.1

  1. A cheating or cheat; trick; fraud. Shak.
  2. One easily cheated. Shak.

GULL, n.2

W. gwylan; Corn. gullan.] A marine fowl of the genus Larus, and order of ansers. There are several species. Encyc.

GULL, v.t. [D. kullen; Old Fr. guiller; allied probably to cully.]

To deceive; to cheat; to mislead by deception; to trick; to defraud. The vulgar, gull'd into rebellion, armed. Dryden.


A cheat; a man who cheats or entraps silly people. Shak.