Definition of ravine in English:



  • A deep, narrow gorge with steep sides.

    • ‘When no gunshots followed, he continued to roll down the side of a ravine towards the swollen river below.’
    • ‘Washington in this area is quite hilly and Rock Creek Park has some very steep ravines.’
    • ‘The area where the accident happened is a narrow ravine behind Buckden village where there are a number of waterfalls.’
    • ‘Glaciers from this great mass of ice extend through mountain valleys and ravines to reach coastline fjords at many points.’
    • ‘Its capital is the pretty little city, also called Luxembourg, which is surrounded on three sides by ravines.’
    • ‘You can hike ravines like Emma Gorge, arriving at a circular pool fed by waters plunging over a high cliff.’
    • ‘Within the space of a few minutes, I was at the river edge in the bottom of a deep ravine.’
    • ‘From the volcanoes, scores of streams race through the jungle down deep ravines.’
    • ‘Some of the cracks were small, yet some were very large, like a ravine or a gorge.’
    • ‘On either side of the mountains, there were ravines.’
    • ‘But the holes soon become bracketed by trees and tumble down side slopes, across ravines and up hills.’
    • ‘I can hide from the patrols, using ravines and deep gorges.’
    • ‘Steep hills, mountains, and ravines with narrow areas of flat terrain characterize the interior.’
    • ‘More-over it is divided by long traces of waterfall and steep ravines and there are slithery slopes of shale.’
    • ‘The island is crumpled by mountains and creased by deep ravines just begging to be explored.’
    • ‘The plane had skidded into a ravine in a wooded area off Highway 401, the busiest freeway in Canada.’
    • ‘However, the gorges and ravines were breathtaking.’
    • ‘It can be detected in the deep boulder-strewn ravines that cut across the moors.’
    • ‘They sit beside every road junction, crown every hilltop, lie deep in the bottom of the island's wildest ravines.’
    • ‘As they crested the hill, Paragon saw that this side of the ravine was not so steep.’
    canyon, gully, pass, defile, couloir, deep narrow valley
    gorge, canyon, gully, pass, defile, couloir, gap
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Late 18th century: from French, ‘violent rush (of water)’ (see ravin).