Definition of graben in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡräbən/

noun (plural same or grabens)

An elongated block of the earth’s crust lying between two faults and displaced downward relative to the blocks on either side, as in a rift valley.
Example sentences
  • These faults bound horsts, grabens and tilted blocks.
  • The area is characterized by a series of low-relief Jurassic horsts and graben.
  • A graben is a down-dropped block of the crust resulting from extension, or pulling, of the crust.


Late 19th century: from German Graben 'a ditch'.

Words that rhyme with graben

carbon, chlorofluorocarbon, hydrocarbon, Laban, radiocarbon

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Syllabification: gra·ben

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