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), couloir, defile, flume, gap, gorge, gulch, gulf, notch, pass

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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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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 This year’s course was a little easier, in the sense that there was not as much trouble in every hole, like Wolfdancer has, (with) a ravine on almost every hole. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "All-Greater Houston girls golfer of the year: Magnolia’s Halle Whitney," 15 June 2018 Photo by Brad Feinknopf via Dezeen The farmhouse gets a fresh modern twist in this new single family home just outside of Columbus, Ohio, overlooking a ravine and situated amid rolling fields and forestry. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Modern farmhouse highlights glass and charred timber," 6 July 2018 Police will continue excavating the ravine for at least another week. Washington Post, "More remains found near home used by Canadian serial killer," 5 July 2018 Where: After an hour flight southeast from Auckland, the drive from the property’s gate up to the lodge takes 15 minutes on a windy road through ravines and gullies flanked by tall pine trees. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "The Hedge Fund Pioneer Turned Accidental Luxury Hotelier," 19 June 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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