- The definition of a ravine is a deep valley or gorge that is typically narrow with steep sides.
A long, deep narrow gully worn by a stream is an example of a ravine.
Waterfalls in a ravine.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Fr, violent rush, flood: see raven
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Origin: French, from Old French, violent rush, from Latin rapīna, rapine; see ravin.