river

noun, often attributive
riv·​er | \ ˈri-vər \

Definition of river

1a : a natural stream of water of usually considerable volume
2a : something resembling a river a river of lava
b rivers plural : large or overwhelming quantities drank rivers of coffee
up the river
: to or in prison was sent up the river

Examples of river in a Sentence

The raft is too small to use on this part of the river. Rivers of mud flowed down the hillside.

Recent Examples on the Web

While in Honduras, the boy witnessed gang violence, including his grandmother’s body tossed in a river with her neck split open. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Judge Rules Separation of Immigrant Children Living in Connecticut From Their Parents Is Unconstitutional," 14 July 2018 Two white men kidnapped, beat, and shot Till, then dumped his body in a river. Kaila Philo, The New Republic, "The Emmett Till case has been reopened.," 12 July 2018 The impact of the flood was increased by the buildup of sediment in the river. Mike Snyder, Houston Chronicle, "Contract awarded for San Jacinto River dredging," 9 July 2018 Little snowpack, rising temperatures, and ongoing drought have led to steady declines in the river that serves 40 million people in seven US states. Felicia Fonseca, The Christian Science Monitor, "Arizona commits to producing drought plan for Colorado River," 29 June 2018 His choices were a small airport for private aircraft in New Jersey — possibly too far — or the river. Deepti Hajela, The Seattle Times, "‘Miracle’ flight survivors mark decade of thankfulness," 15 Jan. 2019 Our first day on the river was a relaxed start to a five-day trip with my boys, husband, and father. Beth Woolsey, Woman's Day, "'My Father and I Approach the World Differently, But an Emergency Brought Us Together'," 4 Oct. 2018 The river itself was a standard-issue metaphor of time’s ungraspable flux and constancy. Wells Tower, Outside Online, "Wells Tower on His First Kiss," 11 July 2018 But the river is shallow: the boats had to be pulled by horses upstream from Bettles. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Curious about Nome, Wiseman and Fort Yukon? Here are your guides," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of river

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for river

Middle English rivere, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *riparia, from Latin, feminine of riparius riparian, from ripa bank, shore; perhaps akin to Greek ereipein to tear down

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river

noun

English Language Learners Definition of river

: a large natural flow of water that crosses an area of land and goes into an ocean, a lake, etc.
: a large flow of something

river

noun
riv·​er | \ ˈri-vər \

Kids Definition of river

1 : a natural stream of water larger than a brook or creek
2 : a large stream or flow a river of mud

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