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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Synonyms for ravine


canyon (also cañon), col, couloir, defile, flume, gap, gill [British], gorge, gulch, gulf, kloof [South African], linn [chiefly Scottish], notch, pass, saddle

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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

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As if cut away with a huge knife, the bridge fell away from both approaches and with a terrific crash fell apart and plunged into the ravine about fifty feet below. Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: 1924 collapse of bridge over Arroyo Seco," 1 Aug. 2019 Imagine that the race had continued and a rider had plunged into a ravine. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Tour de France Lead Changes Hands as Hail Shortens Stage," 26 July 2019 The National Buffalo Museum says the herd’s white bull bison has died from injuries suffered in an accidental fall into a ravine. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 The chimpanzees slept soundly for the rest of the night, but I was perched halfway down a steep slope with only a small tree to keep me from slithering into the ravine below. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 The soldier who performed the ravine rescue was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama — Biden did not present him with a medal. NBC News, "Biden defends his telling of a harrowing war story after report he got facts wrong," 29 Aug. 2019 Its barren splendors veer between bizarre mineral lakes, salt flats, bald mountains, hot springs and geysers, and indigenous villages lost in a time warp at the bottom of twisting ravines. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019 The vehicle - a 2005 Nissan 350Z convertible - left the roadway for unknown reasons, struck a guard rail and traveled through the yard of Luckie & Company advertising agency before crashing into a small ravine. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "37-year-old Birmingham man identified as victim killed in U.S. 280 crash," 19 Aug. 2019 Mortars landed nearby, sending the Jeep and Jackson into a ravine. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ralph Jackson never came home to Richland Center from the Korean War. On Saturday, his hometown will honor him.," 22 July 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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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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