gra·​ben | \ ˈgrä-bən How to pronounce graben (audio) \

Definition of graben

: 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 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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First Known Use of graben

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for graben

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

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“Graben.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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