valley

noun
val·​ley | \ ˈva-lē How to pronounce valley (audio) \
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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In every fitness journey there will be peaks, valleys, and plateaus. SELF, "It Took Me Years to Separate Working Out from Trying to Lose Weight. Here's How I Did It," 25 Mar. 2019 All 20 of us camped atop the ridgeline and watched dawn break as drums echoed through the valley below. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 Welcome to Marwen returns him to the uncanny valley to adapt the real-life story of Mark Hogancamp, subject of the 2010 documentary Marwencol. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Welcome to Marwen is Robert Zemeckis’ most revealing movie — and his worst," 20 Dec. 2018 D’Arcy Carden, who plays Janet, a humanoid entity with limitless knowledge, on NBC’s The Good Place discusses the challenges and comic possibilities that exist in the uncanny valley. Byrd Pinkerton, Vox, "13 of Vox’s best podcast episodes of 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 Instead, the problem is reworked to be the lowest-energy state of some energy landscape (think that the solution is in the lowest valley in a mountainous region). Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Wandering Bose-Einstein condensate may lead to scalable quantum computer," 29 Aug. 2018 The narrow angles of the valleys bear a stronger resemblance to those found in Earth's arid landscapes, such as in the deserts of Arizona. Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com, "Geometry Helps Solve the Mystery of Mars' Water," 13 July 2018 The above video shows a CV-22 from Cannon Air Force Base flying over the valleys of New Mexico before linking up with a KC-10 Extender aerial refueling tanker, a military version of the now defunct DC-10 jetliner. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch The Harrowing Way A Osprey Refuels in Midair," 13 Mar. 2019 Through the Blossoms of Saint Agnes Ibiza’s crowning glory during the winter months sits in the valley of Santa Inés (Santa Agnès in Catalan). Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce valley (audio) \
plural valleys

Kids Definition of valley

: an area of lowland between ranges of hills or mountains

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