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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 ?
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.
IT was the green heart of the canyon, where the walls swerved back from the rigid plan and relieved their harshness of line by making a little sheltered nook and filling it to the brim with sweetness and roundness and softness.
They had entered a narrow canyon when Number Twelve went down beneath a half dozen parangs.
We left the old town of Sonoma to the right and rode up a canyon that lay between outlying buttresses of the mountain.
It runs far beneath the ice field, and below the level of the Valley Otz, but its canyon is open here.
he turned in the saddle and looked back across the canyon at the ancient dump and dark mouth of the tunnel.
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.
Their wild cries echoed in the canyon for a short time, and then all was still once more.
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.
One summer morning a year later, on his ranch, he left his horse and himself clambered on through a miniature canyon to inspect some rock ferns he had planted the previous winter.
Here the Dyea River became a rushing mountain torrent, plunging out of a dark canyon from the glaciers that fed it far above.
But Michael was long in giving over his search for Steward, and, running the mountain trails or scrambling and sliding down into the deep canyons, was ever expectant and ready for Steward to step forth before him, or to pick up the unmistakable scent that would lead him to him.