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[val-ee] /ˈvæl i/
noun, plural valleys.
an elongated depression between uplands, hills, or mountains, especially one following the course of a stream.
an extensive, more or less flat, and relatively low region drained by a great river system.
any depression or hollow resembling a valley.
a low point or interval in any process, representation, or situation.
any place, period, or situation that is filled with fear, gloom, foreboding, or the like:
the valley of despair.
Architecture. a depression or angle formed by the meeting of two inclined sides of a roof.
the lower phase of a horizontal wave motion.
Origin of valley
1250-1300; Middle English valeie, valey < Old French valee, equivalent to val vale1 + -ee < Latin -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate1
Related forms
valleylike, adjective
intervalley, noun Unabridged
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  • We had about seventy miles to travel along the valley turnpike.

  • I guess, after our talk this afternoon, you think you're doing what's best for the valley.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • It turned out, too, that the Whigs were much stronger in the valley than had been supposed.

  • I'm going to see every farmer in the valley and have a good talk with him.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • The trudging, climbing folk were high above the valley, now.

    Nightmare Planet Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for valley


a long depression in the land surface, usually containing a river, formed by erosion or by movements in the earth's crust
the broad area drained by a single river system: the Thames valley
any elongated depression resembling a valley
the junction of a roof slope with another or with a wall
(modifier) relating to or proceeding by way of a valley: a valley railway
Word Origin
C13: from Old French valee, from Latin vallis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for valley

late 13c., from Anglo-Norman valey, Old French valee "a valley," from Vulgar Latin *vallata, from Latin vallis "valley," of unknown origin. Valley Girl (in reference to San Fernando Valley of California) was popularized 1982 in song by Frank Zappa and his daughter. Valley of Death was anglicized in Middle English as Helldale (mid-13c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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valley in Science
A long, narrow region of low land between ranges of mountains, hills, or other high areas, often having a river or stream running along the bottom. Valleys are most commonly formed through the erosion of land by rivers or glaciers. They also form where large regions of land are lowered because of geological faults.
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