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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Examples of ravine in a Sentence

he urged his horse down into the ravine where there was a thin stream of water flowing
Recent Examples on the Web The detectives found nothing in the ravine, which was covered in thick brush. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "She was his best friend. And she led him to his death," 13 Dec. 2020 Anthis is believed to have launched near a ravine called Mary’s Gash. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "California speed flyer dies near Moab after falling 400 feet," 1 Dec. 2020 The hayride, a wagon being pulled by a tractor, overturned and slid down a ravine, WGEM-TV reported. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Rural Illinois hayride crash kills 1, injures 19, many of them children," 26 Oct. 2020 Overlooking a scenic ravine, the cabin offers a porch, sliding doors, wooden bunk beds and a fold-down bistro with a small table and two chairs. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Camp in a ‘tree house’ or gaze at the stars in the Fall sky: Valley Views," 18 Oct. 2020 And the football stadium, set in a ravine, is much more than that as an exercise and recreation hub. New York Times, "In Pasadena, Moving the Rose Bowl Makes For Unusual Rancor," 1 Jan. 2021 Pictures and videos of the aftermath showed buildings that fell into a ravine the landslide created. Paul Best, Fox News, "Norway landslide injures 10, about two dozen missing," 31 Dec. 2020 The road continues for a half-mile to South Deer Flat Tank, another parched water hole tucked into a ravine that makes for a good turnaround spot. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Sears Fire scorched part of this AZ hike, but its beauty remains. Here's how to do it," 8 Dec. 2020 With so many things in urgent need of addressing, the prospect of this divide across the branches of government resembles more of a ravine than a crack. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "With All Eyes On The Presidential Race, Nobody Is Talking About This Troubling Republican Victory," 5 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of ravine was in 1687

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20 Jan 2021

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“Ravine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravine. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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