gra·​ben ˈgrä-bən How to pronounce graben (audio)
: a depressed segment of the crust of the earth or a celestial body (such as the moon) bounded on at least two sides by faults

Examples of graben in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Overall, most of the graben were less than 50 meters deep. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 3 Oct. 2023 Based on a relationship between graben length and depth as seen on the Earth and Moon, the authors estimate that most of the graben are less than 200 million years old and possibly quite a bit younger. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 3 Oct. 2023 Germany’s Vulcan Energy believes this unusual geological formation, known as a graben, is the key to sustainably producing thousands of tons of the chemically reactive metal needed to power zero-emission cars. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 11 Dec. 2021

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Word History


German, ditch, from Old High German grabo, from graban to dig — more at grave entry 5

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of graben was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Graben.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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