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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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 The levees downriver from the Bonnet Carre' Spillway flood structure, which is in St. Charles Parish, are designed to pass a flow of 1.25 million cubic feet per second. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "11 things to know as Mississippi River hits flood stage in New Orleans," 14 Mar. 2018 This Courier Journal reporter will rest easier at night knowing the cow hasn't floated downriver to haunt other Ohio River towns. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "A final chapter in the search for Louisville's (in)famous dead cow," 2 Mar. 2018 The hurricane deck was blown away, and the boat, splintered and twisted, began to sink and float downriver. Jeff Suess, Cincinnati.com, "Our history: Steamboat explosion led to federal regulations," 14 Mar. 2018 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

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1760, in the meaning defined above

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downriver

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of downriver

: in the direction in which a river flows

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