# Ravine: a steep-sided valley

#### Cupric

##### Senior Member
Please check this reference: ravine - Dictionary Definition

A ravine is a
a deep narrow steep-sided valley

Steep sided means acute angle.

So what I am imagining right now: http://prntscr.com/eatf4a

The image may be not 100% quality, that's fine but I am looking for steep sided specifically. Is this correct? I know the valley has to be more narrow, but steep sided is what I am focusing on.

• #### Florentia52

##### Modwoman in the attic
I'm sorry, but that link takes me to a line drawing that consists of two zigzag lines with three parallel lines (labeled "water") between them. It's hard to say whether it might represent a ravine or something else.

A Google search for images of a ravine will give you many examples.

#### Cupric

##### Senior Member
The whole thing is ravine. the Steep sides are connected together and they are shaped like acute angles according to the definition.

#### Florentia52

##### Modwoman in the attic
Again, it's impossible to comment on the line drawing. There's nothing in the drawing that indicates how steep the sides are meant to be, and the zigzagging seems very odd.

Are you perhaps thinking that "steep-sided" means that the edges of the ravine zigzag back and forth in acute angles (when viewed from an aerial perspective)? That's not it. "Steep-sided" means that the sides of the ravine rise sharply from its bottom, not gradually.If you climbed them, the climb would be steep.

#### Cupric

##### Senior Member
Again, it's impossible to comment on the line drawing. There's nothing in the drawing that indicates how steep the sides are meant to be, and the zigzagging seems very odd.

Are you perhaps thinking that "steep-sided" means that the edges of the ravine zigzag back and forth in acute angles (when viewed from an aerial perspective)? That's not it. "Steep-sided" means that the sides of the ravine rise sharply from its bottom, not gradually.If you climbed them, the climb would be steep.
Please confirm with me, so it's like a slope? I am thinking that there's rock water rock as in the image, and there's rocks are like the shape of zig zag because I thought steep sides meant acute angel? I'm confused now. Sorry.

#### Florentia52

##### Modwoman in the attic
[Post edited after the above post was retro-edited]

There's no zigzag implied. The slope of the walls of the ravine is steep, roughly like the letter "V."

Have you looked "steep" up in a dictionary, or done the Google image search I suggested? Here is one example:

#### Cupric

##### Senior Member
I'm sorry: what, exactly, do you think might be like a slope?

Have you looked "steep" up in a dictionary, or done the Google image search I suggested? Here is one example:

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I think that the valley looks like slope and in between the valley there's water. I have searched steep in dictionary and I still don't understand how can it rise sharply from the bottom. Like a mountain steep? isn't that the same thing as mountain slope?

#### TheCrociato91

##### Senior Member
A slope can be steep. Have you looked up the translation of those terms into your mother tongue?

#### Cupric

##### Senior Member
A slope can be steep. Have you looked up the translation of those terms into your mother tongue?
Yes they mean the same thing. Please confirm so basically a ravine is shaped like a slope and is a valley, correct? Image of what I am visualizing now: http://prntscr.com/eatxc4

#### Florentia52

##### Modwoman in the attic
A ravine can't be "shaped like a slope." It is a small valley with steep sides.

#### Cupric

##### Senior Member
A ravine can't be "shaped like a slope." It is a small valley with steep sides.
Can you draw or explain to me how steep sides are like? I am confused, even after using google.. Sorry

#### Florentia52

##### Modwoman in the attic
Cupric, in post #6 I showed you an image as well as indicating that the shape of a ravine is similar to that of a letter "V." I am not sure what is still confusing you.

#### Cupric

##### Senior Member
Cupric, in post #6 I showed you an image as well as indicating that the shape of a ravine is similar to that of a letter "V." I am not sure what is still confusing you.
Alright so if I am visualizing it this way: http://prntscr.com/eau718 It's correct, right?

#### Florentia52

##### Modwoman in the attic
That looks more like a "U" shape than a "V," but I think you have the right idea.

#### Cupric

##### Senior Member
That looks more like a "U" shape than a "V," but I think you have the right idea.
Oh gosh I got you. Thank you so much Florenita.