Definition of river
1a : a natural stream of water of usually considerable volumeb : watercourse
2a : something resembling a river a river of lavab 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 of river from the Web
Luetje said in an interview at Hamburger Hafen & Logistik AG’s headquarters in the city’s Speicherstadt, a warren of centuries-old brick warehouses squatting over a canal offshoot of the Elbe river.
Taylor not having a Fourth of July party isn’t anything to cry a river about (there’s always next year), but Karlie’s photo-op with Kendall could mean the beginning of the end for the squad.
Spanning 30 acres, the massive water theme park features a multi-directional wave pool, Krakatau, a speeding body slide that drops 200 feet into the volcano below, a winding river perfect for chilling out, and sandy beaches.
To stem the flooding, the Kinderdijk windmills were built in 1738 and 1740 — two earlier than that — to move water from the lower areas to higher spots and into the river.
Prior to their river adventures, the family toured the Jatiluwih rice terraces, which have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Travel + Leisure reports.
The project would suck part of the Sacramento River into two four-story-high tunnels running below the river’s delta with the San Joaquin River.
The weather service does not expect major flooding, but some of the smaller rivers could reach minor flood levels.
Crystal Cruises jumped from the seven seas to rivers recently, debuted yachts, and took to the skies with the launch of private jets.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
RIVER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of river for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of river for Students
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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