Meaning of gut

gut

Pronunciation: (gut), [key]
— n., v., adj. gut•ted, gut•ting,
—n.
  1. the alimentary canal, esp. between the pylorus and the anus, or some portion of it. Cf. foregut, midgut, hindgut.
  2. Climbing that cliff takes a lot of guts.
    1. the bowels or entrails.
    2. Informal.courage and fortitude; nerve; determination; stamina:Climbing that cliff takes a lot of guts.
    3. the inner working parts of a machine or device:The mechanic had the guts of the refrigerator laid out on the kitchen floor.
  3. the belly; stomach; abdomen.
  4. the substance forming the case of the intestine; intestinal tissue or fiber: sheep's gut.
  5. a preparation of the intestines of an animal, used for various purposes, as for violin strings, tennis rackets, or fishing lines.
  6. the silken substance taken from a silkworm killed when about to spin its cocoon, used in making snells for fishhooks.
  7. a narrow passage, as a channel of water or a defile between hills.
  8. a gut course.
  9. to tell all; lay oneself bare: the famous star spills his guts in his autobiography.
—v.t.
  1. to take out the guts or entrails of; disembowel.
  2. to destroy the interior of: Fire gutted the building.
  3. to plunder (a house, city, etc.) of contents: Invaders gutted the village.
  4. to remove the vital or essential parts from: The prisoner's letters were gutted by heavy censorship.
—adj.
  1. to discuss the gut issues.
    1. basic or essential:to discuss the gut issues.
    2. based on instincts or emotions:a gut reaction; gut decisions.

GUT

Pronunciation: [key]
— Physics. Physics.
  1. grand unification theory.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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