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a valley; the world, or mortal or earthly life: this vale of tears
Not to be confused with:
veil – a piece of netting worn by women for concealment; something that covers or screens: a veil of smoke
A valley, often coursed by a stream; a dale.
va·le 2(vā′lē, wä′lā)
Used to express leave-taking or farewell.
(Physical Geography) a literary word for valley
[C13: from Old French val, from Latin vallis valley]
2. the world, or earthly life: this vale of tears.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French val < Latin vallem, acc. of vallis, vallēs valley]
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|Noun||1.||vale - 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"
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