ravine

noun ra·vine \ rə-ˈvēn \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

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 Synonyms

Synonyms
col, couloir, defile, flume, gap, gill [British], gorge, gulch, gulf, kloof [South African], linn [chiefly Scottish], notch, pass, canyon, saddle
Related Words
abyss, chasm, cirque, cleft, crevasse, crevice, cwm [chiefly British], fissure; combe (also coombe or coomb) [British], dale, dell, glen, hollow, shut-in, vale, valley; basin, floodplain, kettle; arroyo, barranca (also barranco), coulee, draw, gully (also gulley), gutter, nullah, trench, trough, wadi, wash [West]

RAVINE Defined for English Language Learners

ravine

noun

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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