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a river valley
▪ They came to a wide river valley.
lily of the valley
rift valley
▪ Rippling from a hidden mountain lake it runs eastward through the Tujetschtal, a beautiful and little-known valley.
▪ Meadowgate Farm was situated in one of the most beautiful valleys around Mitford.
▪ Or, you can carry on up the narrow and beautiful Nive valley to the village of Esterençuby.
▪ Linthal takes its name from the river Linth which drains the beautiful transverse valley that largely makes up the canton of Glarus.
▪ A deep valley of stone fell away beneath us; the glittering air danced above it.
▪ As the streets and lanes gave way to countryside and sloped toward the deeper valley, the rolling farmland began.
▪ I imagine most of us have entered that deep valley, and maybe some of us are in it now.
▪ I can see it snuggled into one of the deep valleys in the encircling high hills.
▪ But now they were standing at the head of a deep valley in the moor with their ears and tails down.
▪ Instead, it was one of the deepest valleys he had ever been through.
▪ Coberley Mill, formerly known as Cubberly, nestles deep in the valley, close to the village church.
▪ The north of the area is distinguished by enormous forested mountain plateaux with deep river-carved valleys.
▪ A land of rich fertile valleys that reach up to touch the edge of wild moorland.
▪ A shallow river had scooped a fertile valley out of the limestone mountains.
▪ The almond trees grow in the fertile valleys of California, neatly planted in straight lines.
▪ After passing the shapely peak of Ben Resipol, the road reaches a fertile side valley occupied by the village of Strontian.
▪ Nestled within these bleak volcanic highlands are fertile valleys filled with game plentiful enough to satisfy even the appetites of dragons.
▪ Red-brown cattle munched orchard grass down in their pale green valley oases.
▪ The train pulled out, heading for Loughton along the green valley of the Roding.
▪ What thoughts they brought to his mind of spring in the green valleys of his far-off canton of Luzern.
▪ Lush, green valleys and wooded dells.
▪ There was a spectacular view, a green secluded valley with the mountains towering all around.
▪ Here indeed, is the entrance to the two most celebrated high valleys of the Pyrenees.
▪ Cold nights in the high valleys, but relatively warm, sunny days.
▪ Some may even reach the higher valleys of the Alps.
▪ Mountain crests rose impressively high and the valleys were deep.
▪ Down behind him in the straggly little valley, I notice that a few allotments do remain, after all.
▪ There are just three houses there; three seventeenth-century stone-built farmhouses nestling comfortably in the shelter of a little valley.
▪ The line here ran through a deep little valley and the hillside on both sides of the line was very rocky.
▪ He had walked across the rugged little valley, leaving his horse tied to a tree near the Round Tops.
▪ It sat there in its little valley, smiling at all our modern ideas.
▪ It is full of little valleys and defiles.
▪ Far below, unheeded and unheeding, something else was entering this little handful of valleys.
▪ A band of cloud stretched low across the valley and it was raining slightly.
▪ Also, you could then irrigate the lower valley lands, which usually have better soil and a longer growing season.
▪ During the monsoon, the dirt track which connects McLeod Ganj with Dharamsala lower down the valley turns into sludge.
▪ Surface cultivation is rare, except in some lower lying valleys so the changes have subtle origins.
▪ Between the towering rows of spires lies a low valley up to a few miles wide.
▪ It is currently a popular picnic area and vantage point for the lower valley providing magnificent views over lush countryside.
▪ It drowned the lower deeper valleys, so forming rias which provide excellent sheltered harbours.
▪ In narrow valleys surface boulders dominate the landscape.
▪ The walk began by following a track which climbed steeply up a narrow, twisting valley.
▪ He was in a narrow valley, woodland rising up on the opposite side.
▪ Ahead lay a steep, narrow valley and a village, diminutive at this distance, its buildings clustered round a harbour.
▪ Katmandu airport is notoriously tricky, located in a narrow saucer-shaped valley surrounded by snowy mountains and pine hills.
▪ Plenty of cover in its narrow, winding valley.
▪ Our first day's walk took us along stony tracks, through forests of birch and pine and into a narrow valley.
▪ Fording the Kale Water, they turned up its far bank into the quickly narrow shallow valley.
▪ Keep to the bottom of the small valley rather than following the track which goes off to the left.
▪ In the end, this small valley along the northern coast of California will become a solid block of life.
▪ Everywhere you can see a rich greenery of grass and trees, covering smaller hills and valleys.
▪ The view swept down to a small valley with church spires, orderly farms, and freshly planted fields.
▪ We wound our way past open fields into shady woods until we entered the neck of a small valley.
▪ The Mormon Lake area is surrounded by ponderosa pines, and the lodge sits in a small valley surrounded by mountains.
▪ Eventually, we arrived at a small, damp valley, peat and heather-filled, where insects hummed in the still air.
▪ He was at the head of a small valley.
▪ Travel has been easier than in the upper course valleys and so a few villages have grown to become market towns.
▪ They started in small workshops in the upper course valleys of the River Don and its tributaries, such as the River Sheaf.
▪ The floor of the wide valley was carpeted with hummocky grass.
▪ Later it crosses the Shyok river, a major feeder of the Indus, and enters the wide valley below the Siachen.
▪ The sun shone over a wide grassy valley.
▪ It ran straight up a wide shallow valley, with tilled fields on both sides, to a huddle of buildings.
▪ Six hours from the start, in a wide lush valley, Fusil had placed his first checkpoint.
▪ At last the track levelled into a wide grassy valley.
▪ This beautiful monastic ruin is set in a deeply wooded valley by the River Rye.
▪ It quickly develops into a major river flowing within a deep, wooded valley.
▪ Turn left and head to Rhigian Cottage, then go right on the path through the wooded valley.
▪ And the route passes through wooded river valleys and along green lanes.
▪ If we stay put they can stay up there and fry the valley bottom, and us with it.
▪ The alternative was to ride along the main highways, which tend to hug the flat land along valley bottoms.
▪ It's large a low level route, sticking to valley bottoms and passes rather to going up on the fells.
▪ Quite apart from the major wetlands, every valley bottom below a certain contour line must have been soggy and at times impassable.
▪ Rock and ice falls scarred the slopes and the valley bottom was a sea of fine sand.
▪ In the Itchen and Avon valleys in Hampshire the farms are apparently regularly spaced along the valley bottoms.
▪ In the hummocky terrain of the valley floor the hollows, channels and gentle slopes are occupied by peat.
▪ Most stayed, and more than 100 campers were moved inside from several flooded campgrounds on the valley floor.
▪ Near Wolfstein the roads run along a valley floor, the hills on either side rising to above 1,000 feet.
▪ The cooking fires were smoldering when we reached the valley floor, but the hamlet was empty of people.
▪ Follows valley floors all the way, with close-up views of some daunting-looking peaks.
▪ As a metaphor, consider the way rocks make their way to the valley floor.
▪ Not all paths are defined, but valley floors are obvious; easy route-finding.
▪ Most of the town is built on the valley floor, but the east and west sides rise into gentle hills.
▪ Luisenlund Bronze Age monoliths and the rift valley of Ekkodal.
▪ Seafloor spreading becomes tangible in the rift valleys of the mid-ocean ridges.
▪ Upland masses exist on either side of a central rift valley.
▪ Further evidence contradicting the traditional symmetric rift valley model comes from observations of their morphology and surface structure.
▪ Some rift valleys are analogous to mid-oceanic ridges in experiencing shallow earthquakes and volcanicity.
▪ All records are for the river valleys, levels, or the coast.
▪ Anticipating the attacks, de Lattre had strengthened the Red River valley with hundreds of cement blockhouses and new airfields.
▪ As the climate gradually became cooler and more moist, humans again moved in, usually following river valleys.
▪ We did a day walk up the Catlin's river valley.
▪ The truck roared and ripped down the last descent to the river valley.
▪ Other examples exist in Essex, Sussex, and in some of the big river valleys.
▪ I watched as a rainstorm moved down the Platte River valley from the northwest.
▪ The field stretched in a long oblong down the valley side, filling their eyes.
▪ Instead, she moved from the chair on the valley side of the porch to the bench on the trail side.
▪ Most of this local iron ore was mined from shallow pits and from adits dug into the valley sides.
▪ The slopes of the valley sides are often too steep to cultivate.
▪ The valley sides steepened into a fjord-like inlet.
▪ The many steep slopes of the valley sides make ploughing difficult and even dangerous.
▪ At the water's edge snipe rise and trill, while on the valley side there are wheatears and redwings.
▪ The middle course valleys are broader and the valley sides are less steep than in the upper course.
▪ Shadows began to fill the valleys below us.
▪ Life is trying to fill the whole valley in.
▪ If you fill in the valleys with the absent ocean, what d'ye get?
▪ Twenty-foot drifts filled the valleys and swales, covering whatever frozen grass was left to eat.
▪ And every spring the Great Spirits remember her sacrifice and fill the hills and valleys with those flowers.
▪ His shouts would fill the whole valley, echoing from the dark green hills of bush.
▪ the Mississippi River valley
▪ By some weird arithmetic, the more life stuffs itself into the valley, the more spaces it creates for further life.
▪ Each year several thousand people leave the valleys and few arrive.
▪ From here they could control both river valleys, and deny Douglas his passage home by either.
▪ Mam Tor is the first objective on the walk along the ridge which separates the Hope and Edale valleys.
▪ New designs with foot pivots allow snow hikers to tackle almost any hill or valley.
▪ The marines would land on the beach north of the valley.
▪ The wind, blasting up the valley, decided the direction the trees would fall.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Valley \Val"ley\, n.; pl. Valleys. [OE. vale, valeie, OF. val['e]e, valede, F. vall['e]e, LL. vallata, L. vallis, valles. See Vale.]

  1. The space inclosed between ranges of hills or mountains; the strip of land at the bottom of the depressions intersecting a country, including usually the bed of a stream, with frequently broad alluvial plains on one or both sides of the stream. Also used figuratively.

    The valley of the shadow of death.
    --Ps. xxiii. 4.

    Sweet interchange Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains.

    Note: Deep and narrow valleys with abrupt sides are usually the results of erosion by water, and are called gorges, ravines, ca[~n]ons, gulches, etc.

  2. (Arch.)

    1. The place of meeting of two slopes of a roof, which have their plates running in different directions, and form on the plan a re["e]ntrant angle.

    2. The depression formed by the meeting of two slopes on a flat roof.

      Valley board (Arch.), a board for the reception of the lead gutter in the valley of a roof. The valley board and lead gutter are not usual in the United States.

      Valley rafter, or Valley piece (Arch.), the rafter which supports the valley.

      Valley roof (Arch.), a roof having one or more valleys. See Valley, 2, above.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Anglo-French valey, Old French valee "a valley" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *vallata, from Latin vallis "valley," of unknown origin. Valley Girl (in reference to San Fernando Valley of California) was popularized 1982 in song by Frank Zappa and his daughter. Valley of Death (Psalm xxiii:4) was rendered in Middle English as Helldale (mid-13c.).


n. An elongated depression between hills or mountains, often with a river flowing through it.


n. a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river [syn: vale]

Valley, NE -- U.S. city in Nebraska
Population (2000): 1788
Housing Units (2000): 760
Land area (2000): 1.515030 sq. miles (3.923910 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.033750 sq. miles (0.087411 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.548780 sq. miles (4.011321 sq. km)
FIPS code: 50020
Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
Location: 41.314199 N, 96.348250 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 68064
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Valley, NE
Valley, AL -- U.S. city in Alabama
Population (2000): 9198
Housing Units (2000): 4194
Land area (2000): 9.741416 sq. miles (25.230150 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 9.741416 sq. miles (25.230150 sq. km)
FIPS code: 78204
Located within: Alabama (AL), FIPS 01
Location: 32.811387 N, 85.177938 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 36854
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Valley, AL
Valley-Hi, PA -- U.S. borough in Pennsylvania
Population (2000): 20
Housing Units (2000): 29
Land area (2000): 0.504223 sq. miles (1.305932 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.064571 sq. miles (0.167238 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.568794 sq. miles (1.473170 sq. km)
FIPS code: 79644
Located within: Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42
Location: 40.026222 N, 78.196071 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Valley-Hi, PA
Valley, PA
Valley -- U.S. County in Idaho
Population (2000): 7651
Housing Units (2000): 8084
Land area (2000): 3677.821913 sq. miles (9525.514622 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 55.840243 sq. miles (144.625558 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3733.662156 sq. miles (9670.140180 sq. km)
Located within: Idaho (ID), FIPS 16
Location: 44.655511 N, 115.920089 W
Valley, ID
Valley County
Valley County, ID
Valley -- U.S. County in Montana
Population (2000): 7675
Housing Units (2000): 4847
Land area (2000): 4920.996217 sq. miles (12745.321151 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 140.982250 sq. miles (365.142335 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 5061.978467 sq. miles (13110.463486 sq. km)
Located within: Montana (MT), FIPS 30
Location: 48.258176 N, 106.560531 W
Valley, MT
Valley County
Valley County, MT
Valley -- U.S. County in Nebraska
Population (2000): 4647
Housing Units (2000): 2273
Land area (2000): 568.108215 sq. miles (1471.393460 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 2.405518 sq. miles (6.230264 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 570.513733 sq. miles (1477.623724 sq. km)
Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
Location: 41.549826 N, 98.972085 W
Valley, NE
Valley County
Valley County, NE

A valley is a low area between hills, often with a river running through it.

In geology, a valley or dale is a depression that is longer than it is wide. The terms U-shaped and V-shaped are descriptive terms of geography to characterize the form of valleys. Most valleys belong to one of these two main types or a mixture of them, (at least) with respect to the cross section of the slopes or hillsides.

Valley (disambiguation)

Valley is a low area between hills.

Valley may also refer to:

Usage examples of "valley".

In the last section she had read Louisa was planning to go out to the Valley of the Tombs to bury the scent bottle which had turned out to be a sacred ampulla, at the feet of Isis.

On 21 February, he was murdered by a right wing officer, Count Arco Valley.

South stretched the wide expanse of the valley, with the broad Turnbull flashing in the midst and sweeping away to the west in lazy curves quite different from the arrowy little stream which he knew near the cave and through his own territory.

I also found one specimen of Asplenium alternifolium, which, however, is abundant on the other side the valley, on the walls that flank the path between Primadengo and Calpiognia, and elsewhere.

More astute brains than the wild valleys of the North produce conducted the preparations.

He turned off the Normandy autoroute before Paris and booked in to a motel in the Valley de Chevreuse: Versailles PJ confirm that.

The ballium, or outer court, which lay between the inner and outer walls of the castle and entirely surrounded it, was, upon the north or valley side, given over entirely to knightly practice and training.

The north ballium presented a scene of color and activity, crowded as it was with knights and ladies, pages, squires, grooms, men-at-arms and horses, nor would it accommodate them all, so that the overflow stretched into the east and south balliums and even through the great east gate out upon the road that leads down into the valley.

During the brief twilight Balza guided them to a trail that led down into the valley some distance below the cave dwellings of the tribe of mutants, and all during the night they moved southward toward the escarpment and Omwamwi Falls.

But Johnny, Long Tom, and Renny did learn that Barr became much interested and sent a man named Bill Horder to Death Valley to find Meander Surett and kill him.

An incised ornament of this character, possibly derived from basketry by copying the twisted fillets or their impressions in the clay, is very common on the pottery of the mounds of the Mississippi Valley, and its variants form a most interesting study.

In basketry and certain classes of garment-making, the inhabitants of the Mississippi valley were well advanced at the period of European conquest, and there is ample evidence to show that the mound-building peoples were not behind historic tribes in this matter.

He had seen the city before, had battled on this very plain, but he had never heard the wind whisper through the valley as it did today, and the sound startled him.

Gled valley, and took a right-hand turning which zigzagged up the containing ridge and came out on a wide benty moor, once the best black-game country in Scotland, which formed the glacis of the chief range of the hills.

It is eight miles from a railway station and the little village of Hangingshaw, and the road to it follows a shallow valley between benty uplands till the hills grow higher, and only the size of the stream shows that you have not reached the glen head.