down·riv·er | \ˈdau̇n-ˈri-vər \

Definition of downriver 

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

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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 On July 5 and 8, American troops at Springwell shelled British guns at Sandwich, just downriver from today's Ambassador Bridge, according to the City of Windsor's web page. Detroit Free Press, "Donald Trump trade war threatens strong Detroit-Windsor ties," 22 June 2018 The friars dispatched Native American vaqueros, probably teenagers, to herd the animals 30 miles downriver to the Goat Ranch. Joe Holley, Houston Chronicle, "The remarkable Ana Maria Calvillo: She could ride, shoot, ranch and live in peace with the Indians," 29 June 2018 Two miles downriver in Milwaukie, 12-year-old Gavin Stott could not sleep. Nancy Rommelmann, Good Housekeeping, "Amanda Stott-Smith Was a Loving Mother of 3. So Why Did She Try to Murder Her 2 Youngest Kids?," 29 June 2018 The spill stayed on the water's surface and flowed quickly downriver. Tristan Baurick,, "Mississippi River fuel spill in New Orleans estimated at 4,200 gallons," 12 Apr. 2018 One such project is the remake of the derelict McLouth Steel site in downriver Trenton. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit train station deal gives Morouns a chance to improve their image," 11 June 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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