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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ravine a deep narrow steep-sided valley (especially one formed by running water)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ravine A deep and narrow hollow, usually worn by a stream or torrent of water; a gorge; a mountain cleft.
    • Ravine A torrent of water.
    • n Ravine răv"'n Food obtained by violence; plunder; prey; raven. "Fowls of ravyne .""Though Nature, red in tooth and claw
      With ravine, shrieked against his creed."
    • v. t. & i Ravine See Raven v. t. & i.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ravine Same as raven.
    • n ravine A raging flood.
    • n ravine A long deep hollow worn by a stream or torrent of water; hence, any deep narrow gorge, as in a mountain; a gully. Synonyms Glen, Gorge, etc. See valley.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ravine ra-vēn′ a long, deep hollow, worn away by a torrent: a deep, narrow mountain-pass.
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  • Richard Saunders
    Richard Saunders
    “The lead dog gets the best view. The rest of the dogs view is butt ugly. Of course, the lead dog is also the first to fall into the ravine.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., a place excavated by a torrent, a ravine, fr. ravir, to snatch or tear away, L. rapere,; cf. L. rapina, rapine. See Ravish, and cf. Rapine Raven prey
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. rapina, rapine, violence.


In literature:

We almost circled the village, crossing the ravines on either side on viaducts.
"Riviera Towns" by Herbert Adams Gibbons
A moment more, and the ravine, fed from the battle-ground below, overflowed.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Suddenly the report of a gun rang out, coming from a point where the ravine made an abrupt turn to the north.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
When they approached the ravine, they found the sides almost perpendicular and nearly bare.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
On the brink of the ravine above stood a man who seemed to be peering down at them.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
At 11.30 the Royal Fusiliers led its Brigade in the second phase of the attack west of the Ravine.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
It is a deep ravine with high and steep sides, that are thickly wooded and broken by great boulders.
"Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts" by Rosalind Northcote
Having left the pocket, Frank led the way along a twisting ravine.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
Every step took me farther from the main track, and into a wilder part of the mountains, till at last my bearers stopped in a romantic ravine.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
The regiment landed on the Kentucky side, where a narrow creek comes down from the hills through a wild ravine.
"Winning His Way" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Down this ravine ran a noisy torrent which had cut itself a wider and deeper bed since the cloudburst on the heights.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
Hastening down the ravine and on to the river ford, they discover that the Indians have crossed it.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Stopping at the edge of the ravine, he looked about, taking in the details of the scene.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
It required only a few minutes to scramble down into the ravine again.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
A ravine down the surface of a cliff; a rivulet through a ravine.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
A fire occurred in the ravine on Johnson Street, which destroyed a canvas house tent and contents.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
Just on the outskirts of the village lay a deep ravine, spanned by a bridge.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
Blake turned and rode to the left along the ridge, until he found a place where they could cross the ravine.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
On the left the French were unable to maintain such speed, because of the many ravines.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
The weather was clear enough for them to see the deep ravines surrounding the bay.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne

In poetry:

The Sea
Yet do I sometimes seem to hear afar
A tumult in your dark ravines as though
You weary of your loneliness, and are
Wrestling with woe.
""What ails you, Ocean, that nor near nor far"" by Alfred Austin
Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation's final law—
Tho' Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek'd against his creed—
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 56" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Ae nicht whan the win' gaed ravin aboot,
And the winnocks war speckled wi' faem,
Frae room to room she strayt in and oot,
And she spied her pearly kaim.
"The Mermaid" by George MacDonald
"Halt!" bands of Sioux are seen
O'er all the dark ravine,
Crouched in numbers vast;
"Halt!" and a hush, "Prepare!"
"Charge!" and the very air
Starts at the blast.
"Custar's Last Ride" by Albery Allson Whitman
He lies out under a cave by night:
He communeth with still starlight,
And snow-peaks in their shrouds of white:
In far ravines hoar torrents roaring go:
Halloo! halloo!
"Alpine Hunter's Song" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
The sudden darkness of death
Overwhelmed them like the breath
And smoke of a furnace fire:
By the river's bank, and between
The rocks of the ravine,
They lay in their bloody attire.
"The Revenge Of Rain-In-The-Face. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Mean ravines: Ko'olau a true cliff- hanger .
A man who was trapped upside down in his truck, in a ravine Friday night, is talking about how his life was almost taken away.
So it's no surprise that the green-minded vegan owns a rustic home nestled in a rural canyon in Malibu, surrounded by sweeping hillsides and secluded ravines.
Huntington and Tuckerman Ravine, Mt Washington.
A parade of classic cars crosses the Ravine Bridge Saturday after local officials formally opened the span along Ravine Parkway between the Washington County South Service Center and the new Cottage Grove City Hall.
Horse rescued from ravine in Carbon Canyon.
Many dead after passenger bus plunges into ravine .
At least 42 people were killed early Tuesday when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine Morocco's mountainous south.
Crash victim lifted from ravine by crane.
Clark County firefighters rescued a pregnant woman and her two children, ages 3 and 5, from their car Friday after it rolled into a ravine near Brush Prairie, Wash. More Galleries in Local & Regional.
Woman's body found in ravine in LaFayette.
Digging in the Auburn Ravine and Applegate sewer.
Ryan, a James Logan High School teacher, was found dead on Oct 11, 2012, in a ravine near Interstate 280 in San Mateo County.
National media spotlight 'doesn't bother' Tyler Campbell, who survived nearly 3 days in ravine after wreck.
Tuckerman Ravine Rest, New England.

In science:

We thank Ravin Bhatt, Kedar Damle, Matthew Hastings and Peter Young for helpful discussions.
Infinite-randomness quantum Ising critical fixed points
In two dimensional space, Rosenbrock function has a long ravine with very steep walls and flat bottom; “because of the curved flat valley the optimization is zig-zagging slowly with small stepsizes towards the minimum” ( descent).
Canonical Duality Theory for Solving Minimization Problem of Rosenbrock Function
Narayana number (sequence A1263), which counts Dyck paths of length 2n with k + 1 peaks and k ravines. A peak is an upstep immediately followed by a downstep, and a ravine is a downstep immediately followed by an upstep.
Bijections from weighted Dyck paths to Schroeder paths
Between two consecutive peaks, there must be exactly one ravine, so having k + 1 peaks is equivalent to having k ravines.
Bijections from weighted Dyck paths to Schroeder paths
Any ravine can clearly be “filled in” and replaced with a horizontal step, so a Dyck path with k ravines corresponds to 2k little Schr¨oder paths, which explains equation (1).
Bijections from weighted Dyck paths to Schroeder paths