ravine

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noun ra·vine \rə-ˈvēn\

Definition of ravine

  1. :  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

Examples of ravine in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of ravine

French, from Medieval French, rapine, rush, from Latin rapina rapine


First Known Use: 1687


RAVINE Defined for English Language Learners

ravine

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noun ra·vine \rə-ˈvēn\

Definition of ravine for English Language Learners

  • : a small, deep, narrow valley


RAVINE Defined for Kids

ravine

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noun ra·vine \rə-ˈvēn\

Definition of ravine for Students

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



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