A draw (US) or re-entrant (international) is a terrain feature formed by two parallel ridges or spurs with low ground in between them. The area of low ground itself is the draw, and it is defined by the spurs surrounding it. Draws are similar to valleys on a smaller scale; however, while valleys are by nature parallel to a ridgeline, a draw is perpendicular to the ridge, and rises with the surrounding ground, disappearing up-slope. A draw is usually etched in a hillside by water flow, is usually dry, but many contain an ephemeral stream or loose rocks from eroded rockfall.
In a draw the ground always slopes downward from a draw in only one direction, and upward in the other three. The slope on a draw is generally quite sharp, with a clearly established fall line and characterized by a generally steep vertical drop over a short horizontal distance.
- Arroyo (creek) – Dry creek or stream bed with flow after rain
- Canyon / Gorge – Deep ravine between cliffs
- Couloir – Steep, narrow mountain gully
- Defile (geography) – Narrow pass or gorge between mountains or hills
- Mountain pass – Route through a mountain range or over a ridge
- Riparian zone – Interface between land and a river or stream
- Salient (military)
- Transverse valley