Definition of ravine in English:

ravine

noun

  • A deep, narrow gorge with steep sides.

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

Late 18th century: from French, ‘violent rush (of water)’ (see ravin).

Pronunciation

ravine

/rəˈviːn/