One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A deep, narrow gorge with steep sides.
canyon, gully, pass, defile, couloir, deep narrow valleyView synonyms
- ‘The island is crumpled by mountains and creased by deep ravines just begging to be explored.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The plane had skidded into a ravine in a wooded area off Highway 401, the busiest freeway in Canada.’
- ‘From the volcanoes, scores of streams race through the jungle down deep ravines.’
- ‘On either side of the mountains, there were ravines.’
- ‘They sit beside every road junction, crown every hilltop, lie deep in the bottom of the island's wildest ravines.’
- ‘Within the space of a few minutes, I was at the river edge in the bottom of a deep ravine.’
- ‘As they crested the hill, Paragon saw that this side of the ravine was not so steep.’
- ‘It can be detected in the deep boulder-strewn ravines that cut across the moors.’
- ‘Washington in this area is quite hilly and Rock Creek Park has some very steep ravines.’
- ‘I can hide from the patrols, using ravines and deep gorges.’
- ‘More-over it is divided by long traces of waterfall and steep ravines and there are slithery slopes of shale.’
- ‘You can hike ravines like Emma Gorge, arriving at a circular pool fed by waters plunging over a high cliff.’
- ‘Its capital is the pretty little city, also called Luxembourg, which is surrounded on three sides by ravines.’
- ‘But the holes soon become bracketed by trees and tumble down side slopes, across ravines and up hills.’
- ‘However, the gorges and ravines were breathtaking.’
- ‘The area where the accident happened is a narrow ravine behind Buckden village where there are a number of waterfalls.’
- ‘Steep hills, mountains, and ravines with narrow areas of flat terrain characterize the interior.’
- ‘Some of the cracks were small, yet some were very large, like a ravine or a gorge.’
Late 18th century: from French, ‘violent rush (of water)’ (see ravin).
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