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can·yon

 (kăn′yən)
n.
A narrow chasm with steep cliff walls, cut into the earth by running water; a gorge.

[Spanish cañón, possibly augmentative of caña, tube, cane (from Latin canna, reed; see cane) or alteration of callón, canyon (from augmentative of calle, street, road, from Latin callis, path, of unknown origin).]

canyon

(ˈkænjən) or

cañon

n
(Physical Geography) a gorge or ravine, esp in North America, usually formed by the down-cutting of a river in a dry area where there is insufficient rainfall to erode the sides of the valley
[C19: from Spanish cañón, from caña tube, from Latin canna cane]

can•yon

(ˈkæn yən)

n.
a deep valley with steep sides, often with a stream flowing through it; gorge.
[1835–45, Amer.; < American Spanish, Sp cañón a long tube, a hollow, derivative of cañ(a) tube]

can·yon

(kăn′yən)
A long, deep, narrow valley with steep cliff walls, cut into the earth by running water and often having a stream at the bottom.

canyon

- Gets its name from Spanish canon, "tube."
See also related terms for tube.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.canyon - a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
canyonside - the steeply sloping side of a canyon
North America - a continent (the third largest) in the western hemisphere connected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama
ravine - a deep narrow steep-sided valley (especially one formed by running water)

canyon

noun gorge, pass, gulf, valley, clough (dialect), gully, ravine, defile, gulch (U.S.), coulee (U.S.) This trail leads down into the canyon.
Translations
وادٍ ضَيِّقُ عَميقٌ
kaňon
kløftslugt
kanjonikuru
kanyon
gljúfur
kanjonas
kanjons
cânion
kaňon
kanyonvâdi

canyon

[ˈkænjən] Ncañón m

canyon

[ˈkænjən] ncañon m, canyon m

canyon

, (US) cañon
nCañon m

canyon

[ˈkænjən] ncanyon m inv

canyon

(ˈkӕnjən) noun
a deep valley between high steep banks, usually containing a river. the Grand Canyon.
References in classic literature ?
The foundation of their airy castles lay already before them in the strip of rich alluvium on the river bank, where the North Fork, sharply curving round the base of Devil's Spur, had for centuries swept the detritus of gulch and canyon.
Louis by the Eads bridge, through Kansas City, across the Missouri, along the corn-fields of Kansas, and then on--on--on with the Sante Fe Railway, across vast plains and past the brink of the Grand Canyon, to Pueblo and the lofty city of Denver.
Their wild cries echoed in the canyon for a short time, and then all was still once more.
It runs far beneath the ice field, and below the level of the Valley Otz, but its canyon is open here.
Through a snow-covered canyon the way led up toward the summit of low hills.
As he moved with the throng in the parklike canyon of the thoroughfare the life of an awakening Martian city was in evidence about him.
The narrow canyon turned and twisted this way and that, and the rift was so small that they were able to touch both walls at the same time by stretching out their arms.
I have no idea, of course, how long it took me to reach the limit of the plain, but at last I entered the foothills, following a pretty little canyon upward toward the mountains.
He arose and approached the edge of the canyon, and then, wheeling, with his face turned upward toward the circling bird of prey, he bellowed forth the challenge of the bull ape.
They had entered a narrow canyon when Number Twelve went down beneath a half dozen parangs.
A foottrail that led down the wall of the big canyon invited him, and he proceeded to follow it.
A quarter of a mile in either direction, looking out along the shallow canyon of the sand-hills, Dag Daughtry could see the sentry-boxes of the guards, themselves armed and more prone to kill than to lay hands on any escaping pest-man, much less persuavively discuss with him the advisability of his return to the prison house.