noun ra·vine \rə-ˈvēn\

: a small, deep, narrow valley

Full Definition of RAVINE

:  a small narrow steep-sided valley that is larger than a gully and smaller than a canyon and that is usually worn by running water

Examples of RAVINE

  1. <he urged his horse down into the ravine where there was a thin stream of water flowing>

Origin of RAVINE

French, from Middle French, rapine, rush, from Latin rapina rapine
First Known Use: circa 1772

Related to RAVINE

col, couloir, defile, flume, gap, gill [British], gorge, gulch, gulf, kloof [South African], linn [chiefly Scottish], notch, pass, canyon, saddle

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale
RAVINE Defined for Kids


noun ra·vine \rə-ˈvēn\

Definition of RAVINE for Kids

:  a small narrow valley with steep sides that is larger than a gully and smaller than a canyon


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