ra·​vine | \ rə-ˈvēn How to pronounce ravine (audio) \

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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The deep ravines on the volcano’s slopes were already filled with lava, Dr. Mazariegos said, and there was no way to tell how a new flow might spread. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, "Guatemala Volcano’s Death Toll, Now at 65, Is Likely to Rise," 4 June 2018 In one candid photo, Prince George and Princess Charlotte sit together on a miniature bridge hanging over a ravine; in another, Prince Louis is held by Prince William on a tree swing. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "See New, Adorable Photos of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis," 19 May 2019 Only a single, unreinforced guardrail stood between the traffic and a ravine. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels," 11 June 2018 Shah said, with sharp edges and a steep ravine that cuts through the center. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘They’re kind of mesmerizing’: These nine goats draw spectators while clearing an overgrown Maryland park," 25 May 2018 The water will flow into valleys, and ravines, and gullies; all of those places are going to be more likely to have landslides. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Why fire-scorched California is now readying for mudslides," 30 Nov. 2018 Up the western coast, Arrampicata Sardegna leads rock-climbing tours along oceanside cliffs, or deep ravines farther inland. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 The Honda came to rest in a deep ravine, and DeKalb fire personnel rescued the two people inside. Steve Burns, ajc, "Car leaves road, hits pedestrian in DeKalb parking lot; 1 dead, 2 critical," 16 May 2018 The sheriff’s office in Kittitas County, more than 100 miles from McCleary, said Saturday that the remains were found there, in a steep, heavily timbered area with large cliffs and deep ravines. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "‘We’ve brought Lindsey home’: Remains of 10-year-old girl who vanished in 2009 have been found," 13 May 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 How to pronounce ravine (audio) \

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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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