ravine

noun
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 trail passes the deep ravines that make a late autumn day feel even colder. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Hiking an abandoned trolley line near Quassy Amusement Park in Woodbury," 29 Nov. 2019 The easier higher slopes gave way below the timberline to defiles lined with tree roots and narrow ravines. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 7:22 a.m. and arrived to find a vehicle off the roadway and down a ravine. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Man struck by multiple vehicles, killed in I-59/20 hit-and-run," 25 Nov. 2019 Stargaze in the Cederberg Mountains Millions of years of wind and water carved the Cederberg into a dramatic landscape of sandstone arches and deep ravines. Gulnaz Khan, National Geographic, "Looking to escape the cold? Head to South Africa," 19 Nov. 2019 The four-hour bullet train from Taiyuan to Jinan, capital of the neighboring Shandong province, winds through mountain passes and dusty prairies, whips past terraced fields and deep ravines. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How Do You Say 'Cheesecake Factory' In Mandarin? Behind the Scenes of Life in the Chinese Basketball Association," 27 June 2019 In a 1986 crash in Pennsylvania investigated by the NTSB, the pilot reported trying to land the bomber in a heavy crosswind, and unable to stop, went off the runway, down a ravine and was damaged, records show. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "NTSB investigators probing site of B-17 plane crash that killed seven at Bradley International Airport," 3 Oct. 2019 Provincial police chief Joel Limson said the truck was negotiating a downhill road in Tboli town in South Cotabato province when its brakes apparently failed and plummeted down a ravine, pinning 15 people to death. Washington Post, "20 dead as truck falls off cliff in southern Philippines," 18 Sep. 2019 Provincial police chief Joel Limson said the truck was negotiating a downhill road in Tboli town in South Cotabato province when its brakes apparently failed and plummeted down a ravine, pinning 15 people to death. Fox News, "20 Philippine villagers killed when truck falls off cliff," 17 Sep. 2019

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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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Last Updated

10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ravine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravine. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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ravine

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How to pronounce ravine (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ravine

: a small, deep, narrow valley

ravine

noun
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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