river

noun, often attributive
riv·​er | \ ˈri-vər How to pronounce river (audio) \

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.

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Curvy Kili Crew member Diandra Oliver, 36, grew up on rivers and mountains and spent most of her life hiking and snowshoeing in northern British Columbia. Kathleen Rellihan, Glamour, "Who Says Plus-Size Women Can't Climb Kilimanjaro?," 8 Mar. 2019 Experts now know that toxic chemicals from weed and insect killers can seep into the soil, drift in the air, and collect in streams and rivers — to the detriment of plants, animals, and people nearby. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "Are Your Fast-Fashion Clothes Killing Farmers?," 14 Feb. 2019 Foragers opted for forests and mountains full of game, or rivers and coasts teeming with fish. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Its lazy river and wave pool are the perfect places to rest tired feet from waiting in line all day. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "13 Dream Vacations to Add to Your Bucket List," 24 Oct. 2018 Anglers should also target moving water and fish for catfish up the rivers and near the outlet as water is being released. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018 Waterlogged Mumbai was paralyzed for a third day, after flooding turned some streets into rivers and people waded through knee- to waist-deep waters. Washington Post, "Mudslide kills 9 in India’s remote mountainous northeast," 11 July 2018 The rainy spring flushed the creeks and rivers and salinity levels are unusually low. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Explosion of false dark mussels revives hopes for clearer waters and concern for dogs in Anne Arundel County," 11 July 2018 The project includes a 1,600-room hotel, 275,000 square feet of event space, a parking garage and resort-style amenities such as a lazy river and wave pool. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Another developer interested in Chula Vista's bayfront," 11 July 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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Dictionary Entries near river

rive

rivel

riven

river

river's mouth

Rivera

riverain

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The first known use of river was in the 14th century

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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 How to pronounce river (audio) \

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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