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 Germans had thought the ravine impassible, so hadn’t guarded against such an approach. Timothy J. Jorgensen, Smithsonian, "How a Sneak Attack By Norway’s Skiing Soldiers Deprived the Nazis of the Atomic Bomb," 27 Feb. 2018 Lake Metroparks naturalist John Pogacnik discovered the disease in 2012 in a grove of towering beech trees atop a ravine above the Grand River in Concord Township. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Newly discovered microscopic worm species eyed as potential cause of beech leaf disease," 3 May 2018 Around five students are still receiving hospital care after a bus filled with high school children drove into a ravine in Baldwin County early Tuesday morning, killing one and injuring dozens more. Christopher Harress, AL.com, "Victims of Alabama bus crash still in serious condition," 14 Mar. 2018 The trucker — treated for dehydration and exposure — was hoisted out of the ravine and taken to a hospital, said Sgt. 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 Outside, the property has views of the ravine and of Lake Michigan. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy pays $2.75 million for newly built Lake Bluff mansion," 28 June 2018 For nearly a decade, mystery has surrounded what happened to 23-year-old aspiring model Rhonda Casto, whose lifeless body was found at the bottom of a steep ravine. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "'He Is Either Going to Give Me a Ring or Throw Me Off a Cliff,' a Mom Allegedly Said Before Fatal Hike," 15 June 2018 Authorities said the body was found at the bottom of a ravine. Fox News, "Missing Navy sailor found dead a week after disappearing during hike," 14 May 2018 Emergency crews at the site worked for hours Tuesday to pull the bus wreckage from the bottom of the ravine. Christopher Harress, AL.com, "Victims of Alabama bus crash still in serious condition," 14 Mar. 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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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