valley

noun
val·​ley | \ ˈva-lē \
plural valleys

Definition of valley

1a : an elongate depression of the earth's surface usually between ranges of hills or mountains
b : an area drained by a river and its tributaries
2 : a low point or condition
b : the place of meeting of two slopes of a roof that form on the plan a reentrant angle

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Synonyms for valley

Synonyms

dale, dene [British], hollow, vale

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Examples of valley in a Sentence

the valley will be the first to flood if the river rises

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Leave the surface of the dough uneven to create mountainous peaks and valleys. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Here’s How to Make 2018’s Most-Googled Food," 12 Dec. 2018 How did any of us arrive at this moment — an environmental correspondent, a professional cameraman and my hunting partner who had passed on a shot at a black bear in this same valley many years ago? Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Instead of a black bear, hunter gets a view from a nonhunter’s eyes," 5 June 2018 The unfinished temple in a southern valley of the Lake Titicaca Basin in modern-day Bolivia has been a mystery for at least 500 years. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists reconstruct pre-Columbian temple with 3D-printed blocks," 17 Dec. 2018 Gold/The Wall Street Journal The land Grapevine identified for Harvard was in a flat-bottomed valley south of Shandon, 190 miles northwest of Los Angeles, county records show. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Harvard Quietly Amasses California Vineyards—and the Water Underneath," 10 Dec. 2018 Little Lakes Valley Trail, Bishop, California The trail is in a relatively flat alpine valley dotted with lakes plus breathtaking views of glacially mountain peaks sitting at the 10,000′ elevation. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 15 Best Places to Go Hiking in the Fall," 28 Oct. 2018 The movement of cloud silhouettes scudding across the floor of a distant valley tracks the cumulus shapes racing across the dome of sky. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 Guinda is a town of about 500 people, nestled in a valley dotted with orchards growing almonds, walnuts and olives. Joel Rubin, latimes.com, "Wildfire in Yolo County grows to 32,500 acres, forcing evacuations," 2 July 2018 Directly below is a sandy valley that merges into the Painted Dunes. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cinder Cone’s mystery unveiled in Land of Smoke," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of valley

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for valley

Middle English valeye, borrowed from Anglo-French valee (early Old French valede), from val "valley" + -ee, noun suffix (here with augmentative force), going back to Latin -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate entry 1 — more at vale

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The first known use of valley was in the 14th century

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valley

noun

English Language Learners Definition of valley

: an area of low land between hills or mountains

: a low period, point, or level

valley

noun
val·​ley | \ ˈva-lē \
plural valleys

Kids Definition of valley

: an area of lowland between ranges of hills or mountains

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