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

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Video posted online shows several cows being swiftly pushed downriver in the current. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 The relocation has taken longer than expected as the company tries to find a suitable property a few miles downriver in Queensgate. Scott Wartman,, "Cincinnati Bengals allow county to start building garage for music venue at the Banks.," 20 June 2019 But on Sunday, not far downriver from that bridge, the family crossed a popular bike and jogging path and walked down a slope through the brush to the edge of the Rio Grande. Washington Post, "Drowned father, daughter left humble origins in El Salvador," 28 June 2019 One oar rocketed away, like shrapnel from a bomb blast, vanishing in whitewater spray downriver. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "A run through Colorado’s Yampa whitewater reveals the wildness that remains. But will the West’s rivers survive urban demands?," 23 June 2019 Three hundred miles downriver, in Valmeyer, Ill., some of those who stuck around in the lowlands after the Great Flood of 1993 are packing up tools and hat collections and racing to higher ground. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "In the Midwest, Relentless Floods Dredge Up ‘Shadow’ of 1993," 3 June 2019 Pulling from the bow and stern at once, the tugs maneuvered the Magestic downriver like a log in a stream as the skippers communicated over two-way radios. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 About 15 miles downriver from the falls the river enters Lake Ontario. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Bass fishing with a fly rod? Try it – they're not just for trout anymore," 10 June 2019 Another, unable to reach dry land, dug his spiked boots into a slippery timber and birled downriver. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019

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1760, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of downriver

: in the direction in which a river flows

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