adverb or adjective
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 The Superfund cleanup sites are downriver from the century-old plant, which for decades had released chemicals into the nearby waterways. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, "Dam Failure Threatens a Dow Chemical Complex and Superfund Cleanup," 20 May 2020 The reservation is also downriver from a former General Motors factory that is now a Superfund site. Priya Krishna, New York Times, "How Native Americans Are Fighting a Food Crisis," 13 Apr. 2020 Fishing in the entire Columbia is currently open through Feb. 29, then will close to all salmon, steelhead and shad fishing downriver from Warrior Rock, at the north end of Sauvie Island. oregonlive, "Lackluster forecast for Columbia River spring chinook leads to fragmented fishing season," 20 Feb. 2020 Dozens of residents from the village of Kute joined nonprofits to file what was Albania’s first environmental lawsuit against the construction of a dam in the Pocem gorge, a short distance downriver from Kalivac. Washington Post, "One of Europe’s last wild rivers is in danger of being tamed," 3 Dec. 2019 On the Petaluma River, the ramp in Petaluma is open, yet the one just downriver at Black Point is closed; same river, different counties, different rules. Tom Stienstra,, "Clashing recreation rules vex Californians during coronavirus stay-at-home order," 24 Apr. 2020 The riverboat casino 14 miles downriver from Louisville just closed its doors on Monday. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Horseshoe Southern Indiana casino is reopening with a new name. What else is changing?," 11 Dec. 2019 In areas downriver from New Orleans, closer to the Louisiana coast, rescue operations were already underway early Saturday. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "Louisiana braces for heavy rain and winds as Barry encroaches on Gulf Coast," 13 July 2019 Investors pondering this question should keep a company’s balance sheet in mind: Too much debt will drag a company down during hard times as surely as a swift current drags a weak mule downriver. Adam Seessel, Fortune, "Which companies’ stocks will thrive after the coronavirus crash?," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of downriver

1760, in the meaning defined above

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“Downriver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of downriver

: in the direction in which a river flows

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