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val·ley

 (văl′ē)
n. pl. val·leys
1. An elongated lowland between ranges of mountains, hills, or other uplands, often having a river or stream running along the bottom.
2. An extensive area of land drained or irrigated by a river system.
3. A depression or hollow resembling or suggesting a valley, as the point at which the two slopes of a roof meet.

[Middle English valey, from Old French valee, from Vulgar Latin *vallāta, from Latin vallēs; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

val′leyed adj.

valley

(ˈvælɪ)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a long depression in the land surface, usually containing a river, formed by erosion or by movements in the earth's crust
2. (Physical Geography) the broad area drained by a single river system: the Thames valley.
3. any elongated depression resembling a valley
4. (Architecture) the junction of a roof slope with another or with a wall
5. (Physical Geography) (modifier) relating to or proceeding by way of a valley: a valley railway.
[C13: from Old French valee, from Latin vallis]

val•ley

(ˈvæl i)

n., pl. -leys.
1. an elongated depression between uplands, hills, or mountains, esp. one following the course of a stream.
2. an extensive, more or less flat, and relatively low region drained by a great river system.
3. any depression or hollow resembling a valley.
4. a low point or interval in any process, representation, or situation.
5. any place, period, or situation that is filled with fear, gloom, or the like: the valley of despair.
6. a depression or angle formed by the meeting of two inclined sides of a roof.
[1250–1300; Middle English valeie, valey < Old French valee=val vale + -ee < Latin -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate1]

val·ley

(văl′ē)
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.

valley

A long depression worn in the land by a river or ice, or sunk between faults.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.valley - a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a rivervalley - a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river
dale - an open river valley (in a hilly area)
glen - a narrow secluded valley (in the mountains)
gully - deep ditch cut by running water (especially after a prolonged downpour)
holler, hollow - a small valley between mountains; "he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Appalachians"
natural depression, depression - a sunken or depressed geological formation
nullah - a ravine or gully in southern Asia
ravine - a deep narrow steep-sided valley (especially one formed by running water)
rift valley - a valley with steep sides; formed by a rift in the earth's crust

valley

noun hollow, dale, glen, vale, depression, dell, dingle, strath (Scot.), cwm (Welsh), coomb a wooded valley set against the backdrop of Monte Rosa
Translations
долина
údolí
dal
valo
org
بازهخلیفدره
laakso
dolina
völgy
lembah
dalur
谷間
계곡
vallesvallis
slėnis
ieleja
vale
dolina
dolina
dal
หุบเขา
thung lũng

valley

[ˈvælɪ] Nvalle m

valley

[ˈvæli] nvallée f

valley

nTal nt; (big and flat) → Niederung f; to go up/down the valleytalaufwärts/talabwärts gehen/fließen etc; the Upper Rhine valleydie Oberrheinische Tiefebene

valley

[ˈvælɪ] nvalle f

valley

(ˈvӕli) noun
a stretch of flat, low land between hills or mountains, usually drained by a river and its tributaries. a beautiful green valley between the mountains.

valley

وادٍ údolí dal Tal κοιλάδα valle laakso vallée dolina valle 谷間 계곡 vallei dal dolina vale долина dal หุบเขา vadi thung lũng 山谷
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There won't be any stoop in the valley of the moon," Saxon cheered him.
The next valley beyond was Sonoma, where Hastings had invited them to his ranch.
The valley, at the point where it enters the first Cordillera, is bounded on each side by lofty barren mountains; and although not broad, it is very fertile.
They precisely resemble in composition the matter which the torrents in each valley would deposit, if they were checked in their course by any cause, such as entering a lake or arm of the sea; but the torrents, instead of depositing matter, are now steadily at work wearing away both the solid rock and these alluvial deposits, along the whole line of every main valley and side valley.
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Immediately adjacent to Nukuheva, and only separated from it by the mountains seen from the harbour, lies the lovely valley of Happar, whose inmates cherish the most friendly relations with the inhabitants of Nukuheva.
Embosomed amongst a family of lofty mountains, there was a valley so spacious that it con- tained many thousand inhabitants.
The valley in which I found myself was deep and narrow, and surrounded by mountains which towered into the clouds, and were so steep and rocky that there was no way of climbing up their sides.
Thence she started on foot, basket in hand, to reach the wide upland of heath dividing this district from the low-lying meads of a further valley in which the dairy stood that was the aim and end of her day's pilgrimage.
Magnificent scenery Wind River Mountains Treasury of waters A stray horse An Indian trail Trout streams The Great Green River Valley An alarm A band of trappers Fontenelle, his information Sufferings of thirst Encampment on the Seeds-ke- dee Strategy of rival traders Fortification of the camp The Blackfeet Banditti of the mountains Their character and habits
We are not vain in the Valley of Voe, because we can not display our beauty, and good actions and pleasant ways are what make us lovely to our companions.
Ward Valley Copper, and all that it stands for,--practically one-quarter of the world's supply, as I have shown you,--is a big thing, how big, even we can