Definition of canyon
1 : a deep narrow valley with steep sides and often with a stream flowing through it
2 : something resembling a canyon the city's concrete canyons
Examples of canyon in a Sentence
as the scouts made their way through the canyon, they marveled at the sheer walls of rock on both sides
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Two large helicopters were to land, deliver the nuclear device and then create a command post in a mountain creek or canyon.
As the water retreated, the Lower Grand Coulee canyon emerged.
The five mile dead-end road through the canyon is home to some of Los Angeles’ wealthiest residents and leads to side roads where the likes of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have owned mansions.
A dark plume of smoke was visible for miles as the fire consumed moderate to thick brush near Mandeville Canyon Road, a dead end road that snakes up a deep canyon lined by expensive view homes.
Turn left after the dam, head into the canyon and look for marked camping spots on the left.
The gulf’s peculiar history gave rise to a landscape riddled with domes, pockmarks, canyons, faults, and channels — all revealed in more detail than ever before by a new 1.4 billion-pixel map.
The steep and narrow canyons of the coast are frequently scoured by debris flows, torrents of water skimming off topsoil and rocks at disastrous velocities.
The yard drops off the side of a canyon, and there is a panoramic view of city lights below.
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Origin and Etymology of canyon
American Spanish cañón, probably alteration of obsolete Spanish callón, augmentative of calle street, from Latin callis footpath
First Known Use: 1834See Words from the same year
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Definition of canyon for English Language Learners
: a deep valley with steep rock sides and often a stream or river flowing through it
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Definition of canyon for Students
: a deep valley with steep sides and often a stream flowing through it
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