Definition of ravine in English:



  • A deep, narrow gorge with steep sides.

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