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 Wilkins was attending the retreat called the Sedona Experiment and was wearing a pass for the event when his body was found in the ravine. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2022 Scofield’s story, however, would not nearly have the same impact as the events of Dec. 9, 2018, when the body of Brent Wilkins was found at the bottom of a ravine in Sedona. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2022 Babi Yar, a ravine in Kyiv, is where more than 33,000 Jews were killed within 48 hours in 1941 when the city was under Nazi occupation. oregonlive, 1 Mar. 2022 Two weeks later, his body was found in a ravine in the Bay Area. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 Fire crews in Killen used ropes to rescue a dog that had fallen down a 300-foot ravine in north Alabama. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 21 Dec. 2021 Rescuers needed a full two months to find the last four team members (Lyudmila Dubinina, Aleksander Kolevatov, Nikolay Thibeaux-Brignolle, and Semyon Zolotaryov), since the bodies were buried under 13 feet of snow in a ravine within the woods. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 31 Mar. 2022 An estimated 15,000 Jews were shot or forced into mass graves at Drobitsky Yar, a ravine outside the eastern city of Kharkiv. Cassandra Vinograd, NBC News, 26 Mar. 2022 Enter a rocky woodland ravine to discover deep rock ledges, cool streams, salamanders and other flora and fauna. cleveland, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ravine

1687, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ravine

borrowed from French, "torrrent of water, gully formed by running water," going back to Middle French, "torrent of water," derivative of raviner "to run quickly, flow forcefully (of blood, water)," derivative of Old French ravine "violent force, momentum," going back to Latin rapīna "forcible carrying off of property, seizure and carrying off of a woman" — more at rapine

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8 May 2022

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“Ravine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravine. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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