down·​riv·​er | \ˈdau̇n-ˈri-vər \

Definition of downriver 

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

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Elsewhere, authorities on Sunday urged residents downriver from dams in Creston, N.C., and Hoke County, N.C., to evacuate due to vulnerable dams. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Florence Pushes Some North Carolina Dams to the Brink," 17 Sep. 2018 In August, Victoria state auctioned 20 gigaliters of water that had been earmarked for the environment, putting it on the market for dairy and fruit regions around Cohuna or larger agribusinesses downriver. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Drought Tests Australia’s Model Water Market," 8 Nov. 2018 And Hurricane Florence — which started with record rainfall in North Carolina — is expected to cause record flooding downriver in Georgetown County as its final act. Jeffrey Collins, Fox News, "After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast," 25 Sep. 2018 Be sure to keep your feet up and pointed downriver to avoid getting your feet stuck in submerged rocks. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "Five Things to Know Before Running a Wild River," 11 Aug. 2017 Now, Guyton was sitting in Calvin's Restaurant in tiny Eolia, Missouri, with Mark Harvey, another member of the group Neighbors of the Mississippi, which represents residents of three counties downriver of the Sny. The Washington Post,, "Taming the mighty Mississippi: Troubles run deep in changing national waterway," 17 Mar. 2018 Junior Leota of Fairbanks rolled his ATV into the Chatanika River at Olnes Pond Friday afternoon and was swept downriver, according to troopers. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Troopers suspend search for Fairbanks man swept into river," 29 May 2018 The collision happened near Willow Grove Park, which is downriver of Longview, according to Petty Officer Amanda Norcross, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman. Jim Ryan,, "Tugboat and barge reportedly hit boat on Columbia River; Coast Guard investigating," 21 Mar. 2018 The canyon walls rising on either side pale in comparison to the network of towers and buttes that reveal themselves downriver, where the river cuts further into the landscape. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Lees Ferry: Gateway to Grand Canyon rafting and the Colorado River," 9 July 2018

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1760, in the meaning defined above

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: in the direction in which a river flows

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