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down·​riv·​er | \ ˈdau̇n-ˈri-vər How to pronounce downriver (audio) \

Definition of downriver

: toward or at a point nearer the mouth of a river

Examples of downriver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jack staked out 500 feet on the left fork of Henderson Creek and boated downriver to file his mining claim in Dawson City. Smithsonian, "Gold Fever! Deadly Cold! And the Amazing True Adventures of Jack London in the Wild," 24 Oct. 2019 Washington’s troops marched 8 miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of Trenton, New Jersey. USA TODAY, "Rare black rhino born, dengue fever, ‘Santa Lady,’ disputed Lincoln hat: News from around our 50 states," 26 Dec. 2019 But radiation isn't the only thing people should be concerned about at the site, said Gregg Ward, who operates Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry a half-mile downriver from the Revere Copper site. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Tests show Detroit River safe after collapse of uranium-tainted site, regulators say," 6 Dec. 2019 Foam at the Rockford Dam just downriver from the former Wolverine tannery last year tested at more than 296,000 parts per trillion for PFAS compounds. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "State, townships near $69.5M settlement with Wolverine shoe maker over PFAS contamination," 10 Dec. 2019 This is a stand-alone store and the first downriver Chick-fil-A restaurant. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Chick-fil-A to open in Allen Park next week," 30 Dec. 2019 Admiral's Wharf would have 133 apartments, one floor of offices and a three-level, 180-space parking structure overlooking the Milwaukee River at 234 S. Water St. That's just downriver from the Pittsburgh Avenue bridge. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "11-story apartment, office building planned for Harbor District wins Plan Commission support," 21 Oct. 2019 Egypt wants Sudan’s support in the Nile dam dispute, as both nations are downriver from the project. Elias Meseret, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ethiopia: Egypt’s Nile dam proposal is against ‘sovereignty’," 20 Sep. 2019 Most of these are downriver from the 69 bridge, in waters best reached by drifting in a kayak or canoe. Frank Sargeant, al, "What anglers need to know about Alabama trout fishing," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of downriver

1760, in the meaning defined above

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28 Mar 2020

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“Downriver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of downriver

: in the direction in which a river flows

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