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tributary

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adjective trib·u·tary \ˈtri-byə-ˌter-ē\

Definition of tributary

  1. 1 :  paying tribute to another to acknowledge submission, to obtain protection, or to purchase peace :  subject

  2. 2 :  paid or owed as tribute <tributary gifts>

  3. 3 :  channeling material or supplies into something more inclusive :  contributory



14th Century

First Known Use of tributary

14th century

Rhymes with tributary

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tributary

noun trib·u·tary

Simple Definition of tributary

  • : a stream that flows into a larger stream or river or into a lake

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tributary

plural tributaries

  1. 1 :  a ruler or state that pays tribute to a conqueror

  2. 2 :  a stream feeding a larger stream or a lake

Examples of tributary in a sentence

  1. one of the river's tributaries

  2. This stream is a tributary of the Ohio River.



14th Century

First Known Use of tributary

14th century


TRIBUTARY Defined for Kids

tributary

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noun trib·u·tary \ˈtri-byə-ˌter-ē\

Definition of tributary for Students

plural tributaries

  1. :  a stream flowing into a larger stream or a lake <The river has several tributaries.>




Medical Dictionary

tributary

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noun trib·u·tary \ˈtrib-yə-ˌter-ē\

Medical Definition of tributary

plural tributaries

  1. :  a vein that empties into a larger vein





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