See also: Valley

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The Newlands Valley (UK)

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From Middle English valey, valeye, from Anglo-Norman valey, Old French valee (compare French vallée), from Latin vallēs/vallis. Doublet of vlei. Displaced native dene, from Old English dene.

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  • enPR: văl'ē, IPA(key): /ˈvæli/
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  • Rhymes: -æli

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valley (plural valleys or (obsolete) vallies)

  1. An elongated depression cast between hills or mountains, often garnished with a river flowing through it.
    Synonyms: dale, (poetic) vale; see also Thesaurus:valley
    The Indus River valley was the site of an ancient civilization.
    • 2013 August 16, John Vidal, “Dams endanger ecology of Himalayas”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 10, page 8:
      Most of the Himalayan rivers have been relatively untouched by dams near their sources. Now the two great Asian powers, India and China, are rushing to harness them as they cut through some of the world's deepest valleys.
  2. An area which drains itself into a river.
  3. Any structure resembling one, e.g. the interior angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes.

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valley (third-person singular simple present valleys, present participle valleying, simple past and past participle valleyed)

  1. (intransitive, poetic, rare) To form the shape of a valley.

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  1. Lenited form of balley.