noun val·ley \ˈva-lē\

: an area of low land between hills or mountains

: a low period, point, or level

plural valleys

Full Definition of VALLEY

a :  an elongate depression of the earth's surface usually between ranges of hills or mountains
b :  an area drained by a river and its tributaries
:  a low point or condition
a :  hollow, depression
b :  the place of meeting of two slopes of a roof that form on the plan a reentrant angle

Examples of VALLEY

  1. <the valley will be the first to flood if the river rises>

Origin of VALLEY

Middle English valeye, from Anglo-French valee, from val valley — more at vale
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to VALLEY

dale, dene [British], hollow, vale

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale


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