AskDefine | Define ravine

Dictionary Definition

ravine n : a deep narrow steep-sided valley (especially one formed by running water)

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /rəˈviːn/, /r@"vi:n/
  • Rhymes with: -iːn


  1. A deep narrow valley or gorge in the earth's surface worn by running water.

Related terms


a deep narrow valley
  • Chinese: 山溝, 山沟
  • Dutch: ravijn
  • Finnish: rotko
  • French: ravin
  • German: Schlucht
  • Greek: φαράγγι
  • Japanese: 峡谷
  • Korean: 협곡
  • Polish: wąwóz, jar
  • Portuguese: ravina
  • Russian: промоина
  • Spanish: barranco, cañada

Extensive Definition

A ravine is a very small valley, which is often the product of streamcutting erosion. Often found in urban areas, ravines are typically classified as larger in scale than gullies, although smaller than valleys. A ravine is generally a slope landform of relatively steep (cross-sectional) sides, on the order of twenty to seventy percent in gradient. Ravines may or may not have active streams flowing along the downslope channel which originally formed them; moreover, often they are characterised by intermittent streams, since their geographic scale may not be sufficiently large to support a perennial watercourse.

Notable ravines


ravine in German: Schlucht
ravine in Spanish: Rambla
ravine in French: Ravine
ravine in Swedish: Ravin

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