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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  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. 

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