ra·​vine | \rə-ˈvēn \

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

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Synonyms for ravine


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

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Examples of ravine in a Sentence

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

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This location allowed the architects to design a multi-level experience with the main house sitting on the edge of the ravine and stairs that lead down to the deck, pool, and bar-like lounge room. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Greenery camouflages this modern villa in Bali," 17 July 2018 If camping in an open area, set up in a valley, ravine or other low area. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Be wary of these NC natural wonders this summer," 25 June 2018 Kluge did not say what happened that sent the man tumbling down the ravine, nor how steep the fall was. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trucker found at bottom of ravine, stuck for more than a day and unable to call for help," 10 July 2018 The trunk area — where two of the teens were as the car launched down the 180-foot ravine — is torn up as well, photos show. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Car with teens in trunk plunged into 180-foot ravine. One crawled back up to call 911, Utah cops say," 14 June 2018 Daley believes as Tiffany drove down the dark road holding her bloody neck, her estranged husband tossed the knife out the window into a deep ravine. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Brutal throat slashing of Utah mom takes investigation on an unexpected path," 5 May 2018 The damage is coming both from the lake and the rainwater rushing down the ravine. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Concrete wall to be built at Highland Park's Rosewood Beach to prevent storm damage," 3 Apr. 2018 The motorcoach came to rest in the ravine on its right side against a bridge pier, 38 feet below the roadway. John D. Harden, Houston Chronicle, "NTSB releases initial findings on Channelview ISD bus crash," 1 May 2018 The southern trail runs along the brook that cuts its way through a deep ravine. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "The Gift Of Tanager Hill For Generations To Fall In Love With," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ravine

1687, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ravine

French, from Middle French, rapine, rush, from Latin rapina rapine

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English Language Learners Definition of ravine

: a small, deep, narrow valley


ra·​vine | \rə-ˈvēn \

Kids Definition of ravine

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

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