Definition of nullah in English:



  • A dry riverbed or ravine.

    ‘Temporary bunds on nullahs, rivulets or small rivers erected by using empty cement bags, popularly known as Vanarai Bunds, have proved most effective.’
    • ‘The threat of flash floods loomed large over the people living along the Sutlej river with the formation of a huge lake in Tibet, upstream Lapcha in the Parchu nullah, a tributary of the Spiti rivers.’
    • ‘Two persons were killed when the truck they were travelling in rolled down into a nullah near Nakro last night.’
    • ‘Streams and nullahs on the campus gushed with water.’
    • ‘We dump waste in nullahs and drains, thus blocking flow of rain water.’
    • ‘From here, the nullah reaches the Punjab and Haryana boundary, near Shagun Hotel, where the outflow is now blocked.’
    • ‘Singh allegedly swindled funds meant for building a culvert on the Manikpur nullah and a school.’
    • ‘The nullah next to the cremation ground near Shakti Nagar - despite some repairs - continues to be a death trap.’
    • ‘The Drainage Department, Gurdaspur, has sent several notices to the Municipal Council, Batala, not to throw sewage of the city area into the nullah but in vain.’
    • ‘The nullah is also a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies.’
    • ‘The jail sources said that the flood water flowed through a nullah, which is being used for the disposal of water by the jail authorities.’
    • ‘The elephants were in a deep nullah, hidden among the reeds and cane.’
    • ‘The area used to depend on a ganda nullah for irrigation of the paddy crop.’
    • ‘Over the years, however, many of these little tanks and ‘nalas’ have either dried up or been ‘developed.'’
    • ‘The sources said following the breaches the water had started flowing into the Dhakansu nala and the Pachisdara forcing the district administration to strengthen both the rivulets at strategic points.’
    • ‘Some wards have narrow roads and a nala at the end of the road is no permanent solution.’
    • ‘Reports said that a Jaish-e-Mohammad militant was killed by the police and army in an encounter at Khurd Malai nullah in Mahore area of Udhampur district last night.’
    • ‘On the day following the bullet ridden body was found in nearby nullah.’
    gorge, abyss, canyon, ravine, gully, gulf, pass, defile, couloir, crevasse, cleft, rift, rent





Mid 17th century (in the form nollaes, plural, perhaps after Portuguese): from Bengali nālā and Hindi nālā, from Sanskrit nāla ‘hollow stalk, tube’.