- 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
Related Words for valleygorge, canyon, basin, plain, lowland, glen, dale, bottom, dell, trough, channel, notch, depression, dingle, swale, vale, coulee
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Contemporary Examples of valley
But the people from Valley Stream had such a thick New York accent that was all around me.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
Our escort, Hajji Zalwar Khan, is the chief elder in charge of the valley council.
The tragedy America faced in that valley will always overshadow any other thoughts we have about the place.
As another elder in the valley put it—perhaps more succinctly—“emotions are for women.”
We first met Hajji Zalwar Khan over tea and lunch in the Pech Valley in a house clinging to a cliff high above the valley floor.
Historical Examples of valley
Looking around him, he at length, from the edge of the valley, descried Robert.Brave and Bold
There was not enough food in the valley for both the old inhabitants and the newcomers.
The battle was disastrous for the Egyptians and the valley of the Nile was open to the invaders.
In an instant he was in his saddle and spurring down the valley.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Nothing was left her in the valley but the shadow, and the last weapon, All-prayer.Weighed and Wanting
- 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 systemthe 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 valleya valley railway
Word Origin 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.).
- 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.