Definitions for riverˈrɪv ər

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  1. river(noun)

    a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek)

    "the river was navigable for 50 miles"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. river(Noun)

    A large and often winding stream which drains a land mass, carrying water down from higher areas to a lower point, ending at an ocean or in an inland sea. Occasionally rivers overflow their banks and cause floods.

  2. river(Noun)

    Any large flow of a liquid in a single body (e.g., 'a river of blood').

  3. river(Noun)

    The last card dealt in a hand.

  4. river(Verb)

    To improve oneu2019s hand to beat another player on the final card in a poker game.

    Johnny rivered me by drawing that Ace of spades

  5. Origin: From riviere, from *, from riparius, from riparia, from ripa, from rei-.

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  1. River(noun)

    one who rives or splits

  2. River(noun)

    a large stream of water flowing in a bed or channel and emptying into the ocean, a sea, a lake, or another stream; a stream larger than a rivulet or brook

  3. River(noun)

    fig.: A large stream; copious flow; abundance; as, rivers of blood; rivers of oil

  4. River(verb)

    to hawk by the side of a river; to fly hawks at river fowl

  5. Origin: [F. rivre a river, LL. riparia river, bank of a river, fr. L. riparius belonging to a bank or shore, fr. ripa a bank or shore; of uncertain origin. Cf. Arrive, Riparian.]

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  1. River

    A river is a natural watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, a lake, a sea, or another river. In a few cases, a river simply flows into the ground or dries up completely at the end of its course, and does not reach another body of water. Small rivers may be called by several other names, including stream, creek, brook, rivulet, and rill. There are no official definitions for generic terms, such as river, as applied to geographic features, although in some countries or communities a stream may be defined by its size. Many names for small rivers are specific to geographic location; examples are "run" in the United States, "burn" in Scotland and northeast England, and "beck" in northern England. Sometimes a river is defined as being larger than a creek, but not always: the language is vague. Rivers are part of the hydrological cycle. Water generally collects in a river from precipitation through a drainage basin from surface runoff and other sources such as groundwater recharge, springs, and the release of stored water in natural ice and snowpacks. Potamology is the scientific study of rivers while limnology is the study of inland waters in general.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'river' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1050

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'river' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1850

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'river' in Nouns Frequency: #389

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