Definitions for tributaryˈtrɪb yəˌtɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

trib•u•tar•yˈtrɪb yəˌtɛr i(n.; adj.)(pl.)-tar•ies

  1. (n.)a stream that flows to a larger stream or other body of water.

  2. a person or nation that pays tribute.

    Category: Government

  3. (adj.)(of a stream) flowing into a larger stream or other body of water.

  4. furnishing subsidiary aid; contributory.

  5. paying tribute.

    Category: Government

  6. paid as tribute.

    Category: Government

Origin of tributary:

1325–75; ME < L tribūtārius of tribute, one who pays tribute. See tribute , -ary

trib′u•tar`i•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. feeder, tributary, confluent, affluent(adj)

    a branch that flows into the main stream

  2. tributary(adj)

    (of a stream) flowing into a larger stream

  3. tributary(adj)

    paying tribute

    "a tributary colony"

  4. conducive, contributing(a), contributive, contributory, tributary(adj)

    tending to bring about; being partly responsible for

    "working conditions are not conducive to productivity"; "the seaport was a contributing factor in the growth of the city"; "a contributory factor"

Wiktionary

  1. tributary(Noun)

    A river that flows into a larger river or other body of water.

  2. tributary(Noun)

    A nation, state, or other entity that pays tribute.

  3. tributary(Adjective)

    Related to the paying of tribute.

  4. Origin: From tributarie, from tributarius, from tributum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tributary(adj)

    paying tribute to another, either from compulsion, as an acknowledgment of submission, or to secure protection, or for the purpose of purchasing peace

  2. Tributary(adj)

    hence, subject; subordinate; inferior

  3. Tributary(adj)

    paid in tribute

  4. Tributary(adj)

    yielding supplies of any kind; serving to form or make up, a greater object of the same kind, as a part, branch, etc.; contributing; as, the Ohio has many tributary streams, and is itself tributary to the Mississippi

  5. Tributary(noun)

    a ruler or state that pays tribute, or a stated sum, to a conquering power, for the purpose of securing peace and protection, or as an acknowledgment of submission, or for the purchase of security

  6. Tributary(noun)

    a stream or river flowing into a larger river or into a lake; an affluent

Freebase

  1. Tributary

    A tributary or affluent is a stream or river that flows into a main stem river or a lake. A tributary does not flow directly into a sea or ocean. Tributaries and the main stem river serve to drain the surrounding drainage basin of its surface water and groundwater by leading the water out into an ocean or sea. A confluence, where two or more bodies of water meet together, usually refers to the joining of tributaries. The opposite to a tributary is a distributary, a river or stream that branches off from and flows away from the main stream. Distributaries are most often found in river deltas.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tributary(noun)

a stream flowing into a river

The River Thames has many tributaries; (also adjective) tributary streams.

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