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 failure occurred in what was once a small canyon or ravine, filled with a relatively soft material held back by a retaining wall built in 1910. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Emergency Del Mar bluff work finished," 1 May 2021 When the tornado finally dissipated, Patterson emerged from the ravine to a scene of absolute destruction. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Stranded Outside Her Home, Alabama Woman Miraculously Survives Tornado by Clinging to Small Tree," 18 Mar. 2021 While not for newbies (or the faint of heart), New Hampshire's gnarliest alpine ravine still represents a rite of passage for those looking to earn their backcountry stripes. Todd Plummer, Travel + Leisure, "Where to Go Backcountry Skiing in New England," 10 Mar. 2021 The mystery of 55-year-old John Sturkie’s disappearance would finally be solved four months later, when search crews found his partially mummified body in a mountain ravine on June 29, 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two years after her husband disappeared, Oceanside widow helps other families find the missing," 21 Mar. 2021 The cherry blossoms should be out in the lower ravine, which means attendees can tack on a few extra sweet-smelling steps. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, "Explore Cleveland Metroparks with multifaceted 2021 Trail Challenge," 5 Apr. 2021 His only birdie in the final match was a 35-footer that Horschel conceded after driving into the ravine on the second hole. Doug Ferguson, orlandosentinel.com, "Gators alum Billy Horschel captures PGA Tour’s Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas," 29 Mar. 2021 Early last year, as Border Patrol agents in Texas escorted an international news crew into what authorities say is the most remote area along the entire southwest border, someone in the group noticed a man sitting in a ravine, hidden behind brush. Mike Levine, ABC News, "Beyond child detentions, other surging stats reflect grim reality of border crisis," 19 Mar. 2021 Other times, the group reaches the bottom of a ravine to discover an unexpected oasis, cool trickles of water feeding palm trees that sprout out of the desert soil. Jason H. Harper, Robb Report, "This Mountain-Biking Mecca in Mexico Offers an Isolated Escape Into Nature," 14 Mar. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Ravine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravine. Accessed 16 May. 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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