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river

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noun, often attributive riv·er \ˈri-vər\

Simple Definition of river

  • : a large natural flow of water that crosses an area of land and goes into an ocean, a lake, etc.

  • : a large flow of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of river

  1. 1 a :  a natural stream of water of usually considerable volume b :  watercourse

  2. 2 a :  something resembling a river <a river of lava> b plural :  large or overwhelming quantities <drank rivers of coffee>

up the river
  1. :  to or in prison <was sent up the river>

Examples of river in a sentence

  1. The raft is too small to use on this part of the river.

  2. Rivers of mud flowed down the hillside.



Origin of river

Middle English rivere, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *riparia, from Latin, feminine of riparius riparian, from ripa bank, shore; perhaps akin to Greek ereipein to tear down


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with river



RIVER Defined for Kids

river

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noun riv·er \ˈri-vər\

Definition of river for Students

  1. 1 :  a natural stream of water larger than a brook or creek

  2. 2 :  a large stream or flow <a river of mud>





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