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Meaning of VALLEY

Pronunciation:  'valee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river

VALLEY is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: vale
 See Also: dale, depression, glen, gully, holler, hollow, natural depression, nullah, ravine, rift valley, San Joaquin Valley, Shenandoah Valley



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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

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.)
   (a) 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.
   (b) 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.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of a valley means positive change resulting in happiness and peace.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Heb. bik'ah, a "cleft" of the mountains (Deut. 8:7; 11:11; Ps. 104:8; Isa. 41:18); also a low plain bounded by mountains, as the plain of Lebanon at the foot of Hermon around the sources of the Jordan (Josh. 11:17; 12:7), and the valley of Megiddo (2 Chr. 35:22).

(2.) 'Emek, "deep;" "a long, low plain" (Job 39:10, 21; Ps. 65:13; Cant. 2:1), such as the plain of Esdraelon; the "valley of giants" (Josh. 15:8), usually translated "valley of Rephaim" (2 Sam. 5:18); of Elah (1 Sam. 17:2), of Berachah (2 Chr. 20:26); the king's "dale" (Gen. 14:17); of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2, 12), of Achor (Josh. 7:24; Isa. 65:10), Succoth (Ps. 60:6), Ajalon (Josh. 10:12), Jezreel (Hos. 1:5).

(3.) Ge, "a bursting," a "flowing together," a narrow glen or ravine, such as the valley of the children of Hinnom (2 Kings 23:10); of Eshcol (Deut. 1:24); of Sorek (Judg. 16:4), etc.

The "valley of vision" (Isa. 22:1) is usually regarded as denoting Jerusalem, which "may be so called," says Barnes (Com. on Isa.), "either (1) because there were several valleys within the city and adjacent to it, as the vale between Mount Zion and Moriah, the vale between Mount Moriah and Mount Ophel, between these and Mount Bezetha, and the valley of Jehoshaphat, the valley of the brook Kidron, etc., without the walls of the city; or (2) more probably it was called the valley in reference to its being compassed with hills rising to a considerable elevation above the city" (Ps. 125:2; comp. also Jer. 21:13, where Jerusalem is called a "valley").

(4.) Heb. nahal, a wady or water-course (Gen. 26:19; Cant. 6:11).