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valley British & World English

A low area of land between hills or mountains, typically with a river or stream flowing through it

dry valley British & World English

A valley cut by water erosion but containing no permanent surface stream, typically one occurring in an area of porous rock such as limestone

rift valley British & World English

A steep-sided valley formed by the downward displacement of a block of the earth’s surface between nearly parallel faults or fault systems

Simi Valley British & World English

A city in southwestern California, northwest of Los Angeles; population 120,543 (est. 2008)

Sun Valley British & World English

A city in south central Idaho, a well-known winter sports resort; population 1,466 (est. 2008)

Valley Girl British & World English

A fashionable and affluent teenage girl from the San Fernando valley in southern California

Apple Valley British & World English

A town in southwestern California, northeast of Los Angeles; population 70,200 (est. 2008)

Death Valley British & World English

A deep arid desert basin below sea level in SE California and SW Nevada, the hottest and driest part of North America

Moreno Valley British & World English

A city in southwestern California, east of Riverside; population 190,871 (est. 2008)

nappy valley British & World English

A relatively affluent district or neighbourhood inhabited by a large number of families with young children

Owens Valley British & World English

The valley of the Owens River, in east central California, between the Sierra Nevada and the Inyo Mountains, the source since 1913 of much of the water supply for Los Angeles

Squaw Valley British & World English

A resort in northeastern California, on Lake Tahoe, site of the 1960 Winter Olympic games

valley fever British & World English

Informal term for coccidioidomycosis.

Valley Forge British & World English

The site on the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania, about 32 km (20 miles) to the north-west of Philadelphia, where George Washington’s Continental Army spent the winter of 1777-8 in conditions of extreme hardship

Valley Stream British & World English

An industrial and commercial village in west central Long Island, southeast of New York; population 36,007 (est. 2008)

Central Valley British & World English

A lowland in central California that is drained in the north by the Sacramento River and also is called the Sacramento Valley. In the south, it is called the San Joaquin Valley

drowned valley British & World English

A valley partly or wholly submerged by a rise in sea level

Fountain Valley British & World English

A city in southwestern California, southeast of Los Angeles; population 55,516 (est. 2008)

hanging valley British & World English

A valley which is cut across by a deeper valley or a cliff

Imperial Valley British & World English

An irrigated section of the Colorado Desert, in southeastern California

Monument Valley British & World English

A region in northeastern Arizona and southern Utah, west of the Four Corners, whose scenery has been the backdrop for many movies

Silicon Valley British & World English

A name given to an area between San Jose and Palo Alto in Santa Clara County, California, US, noted for its computing and electronics industries

uncanny valley British & World English

Used in reference to the phenomenon whereby a computer-generated figure or humanoid robot bearing a near-identical resemblance to a human being arouses a sense of unease or revulsion in the person viewing it

Wyoming Valley British & World English

A valley in northeastern Pennsylvania, along the Susquehanna River

Silicon Valley New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

area between San Jose and Palo Alto in California

Matanuska Valley British & World English

An agricultural region in south central Alaska, northeast of Anchorage

Great Rift Valley British & World English

A large system of rift valleys in eastern Africa and the Middle East, forming the most extensive such system in the world and running for some 4,285 km (3,000 miles) from the Jordan valley in Syria into Mozambique. It is marked by a chain of lakes and a series of volcanoes, including Mount Kilimanjaro

West Valley City British & World English

A city in north central Utah, south of Salt Lake City; population 123,447 (est. 2008)

lily of the valley British & World English

A European plant of the lily family, with broad leaves and arching stems of fragrant white bell-shaped flowers

San Fernando Valley British & World English

An irrigated district northwest of downtown Los Angeles in California

Valley of the Kings British & World English

A valley near ancient Thebes (present-day Luxor) in Egypt where the pharaohs of the New Kingdom (circa 1550–1070 bc) were buried

Tennessee Valley Authority British & World English

An independent federal government agency in the US, created in 1933 as part of the New Deal proposals. Responsible for the development of the whole Tennessee River basin, it provides one of the world’s greatest irrigation and hydroelectric power systems

San Joaquin valley fever in valley fever British & World English

Informal term for coccidioidomycosis.


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