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ˈkæn yəncanyon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. canyon, canonnoun

    a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall

Wiktionary

  1. canyonnoun

    A valley, especially a long, narrow, steep valley, cut in rock by a river.

    Etymology: From cañón

Webster Dictionary

  1. Canyonnoun

    the English form of the Spanish word Ca–on.

    Etymology: [Sp., a tube or hollow, fr. caa reed, fr. L. canna. See Cane.]

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  1. Canyon

    A canyon or gorge is a deep ravine between cliffs often carved from the landscape by a river. Rivers have a natural tendency to reach a baseline elevation, which is the same elevation as the body of water it will eventually drain into. This forms a canyon. Most canyons were formed by a process of long-time erosion from a plateau level. The cliffs form because harder rock strata that are resistant to erosion and weathering remain exposed on the valley walls. The word canyon is Spanish in origin. The word canyon is generally used in the United States, while the word gorge is more common in Europe and Oceania, though gorge and ravine are also used in some parts of the United States and Canada. The military derived word defile is occasionally used in the United Kingdom. Canyons are much more common in arid areas than in wet areas because physical weathering has a greater effect in arid zones. The wind and water from the river combine to erode and cut away less resistant materials such as shales. The freezing and expansion of water also serves to help form canyons. Water seeps into cracks between the rocks and freezes, pushing the rocks apart and eventually causing large chunks to break off the canyon walls, in a process known as frost wedging. Canyon walls are often formed of resistant sandstones or granite. Submarine canyons form underwater, generally at the mouths of rivers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of canyon in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of canyon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of canyon in a Sentence

  1. Washington County:

    In the flash flooding two occupied vehicles were hit by a large wall of water and debris at the Canyon Street Maxwell Crossing and were carried into the flood.

  2. Doug Ducey:

    Imagining an Arizona without John McCain is like picturing Arizona without the Grand Canyon.

  3. Graham Nash:

    I distinctly picture in my head Joni Mitchell writing at Joni Mitchell piano in our house in Laurel Canyon that we shared for a couple of years there.

  4. National Park Service:

    Keyhole Canyon is a short, narrow slot canyon located on the east side of Zion National Park, a permit is required for traveling through Keyhole Canyon and individuals must complete several short rappels under 30 feet and swim through several pools of water.

  5. John Nagle:

    They popularized the idea of the beauty of America, as Western exploration continued, and we encountered these places out West, including the geysers of Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.

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