ravine

noun ra·vine \ rə-ˈvēn \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

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

Examples of ravine in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of ravine

French, from Middle French, rapine, rush, from Latin rapina rapine

RAVINE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of ravine for English Language Learners

  • : a small, deep, narrow valley


RAVINE Defined for Kids

ravine

noun ra·vine \ rə-ˈvēn \

Definition of ravine for Students

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


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