- a narrow steep-sided valley commonly eroded by running water.
Origin of ravine
Related Words for ravineabyss, valley, gully, crevasse, crevice, canyon, chasm, gorge, ditch, flume, defile, cut, gulf, fissure, break, wash, pass, gulch, notch, arroyo
Examples from the Web for ravine
Contemporary Examples of ravine
Whose fault was it anyways that truck three got stuck in the ravine?A Man to Believe In: Eulogy for Marine Master Sergeant Aaron Torian
March 5, 2014
The remains of her body were found in a ravine almost a year later.Washington, D.C., Law Seeks to Limit Late-Night Jail Releases
May 14, 2012
The bones told a different story: she was executed along with five or six men in a ravine near Vlasenica.
Hasan says he's heard the ravine was used as a garbage dump by the locals for years; few remains have survived.
The ravine inhibits the engines from tearing away, and within seconds smoke appears.The Good Plane Crash
December 23, 2009
Historical Examples of ravine
Andrew walked squarely out into the middle of the ravine and waited.
He mastered it, and galloped with a heavy heart up the ravine and to the house of Pop.
Taking his horse, he and Andrew rode at a walk up the ravine.
Without waiting to plan, I began to climb down the steep side of the ravine.
We left our ponies in the ravine and wriggled through the long grass.
- a deep narrow steep-sided valley, esp one formed by the action of running water
Word Origin for ravine
1760, "deep gorge," from French ravin "a gully" (1680s, from Old French raviner "to pillage, sweep down, cascade"), and from French ravine "violent rush of water, gully worn by a torrent," from Old French ravine "violent rush of water, waterfall; avalanche; robbery, rapine," both ultimately from Latin rapina "act of robbery, plundering" (see rapine); sense influenced by Latin rapidus "rapid." Middle English ravine meant "booty, plunder, robbery" from c.1350-1500. Cf. ravening.