What does RIVER mean?

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ˈrɪv ərRIVER

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rivernoun

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

    "the river was navigable for 50 miles"

Wiktionary

  1. rivernoun

    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. rivernoun

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

  3. rivernoun

    The last card dealt in a hand.

  4. riververb

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

    Johnny rivered me by drawing that Ace of spades

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rivernoun

    one who rives or splits

  2. Rivernoun

    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. Rivernoun

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

  4. Riververb

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

  5. Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. River

    riv′ėr, n. a large running stream of water.—adj. Riv′erain, riparian.—ns. Riv′er-bank, the bank of a river; Riv′er-bās′in, the whole region drained by a river and its affluents; Riv′er-bed, the channel in which a river flows; Riv′er-birch, the red birch; Riv′er-bott′om, the alluvial land along the margin of a river; Riv′er-carp, the common carp; Riv′er-chub, the horny-head or jerker; Riv′er-course, the bed of a river; Riv′er-crab, a fresh-water crab; Riv′er-craft, small vessels which ply on rivers; Riv′er-cray′fish, a crayfish proper; Riv′er-dol′phin, a Gangetic dolphin; Riv′er-drag′on (Milt.), a crocodile; Riv′er-duck, a fresh-water duck; Riv′eret, Riv′erling, a small river; Riv′er-flat, alluvial land along a river; Riv′er-god, the tutelary deity of a river; Riv′er-head, the spring of a river; Riv′er-hog, the capybara; Riv′er-horse, the hippopotamus.—adj. Riv′erine, pertaining to, or resembling, a river.—ns. Riv′er-jack, the common water-snake of Europe; Riv′er-man, one who makes his livelihood by dragging the river for sunken goods; River-muss′el, a fresh-water mussel; Riv′er-ott′er, the common European otter; Riv′er-perch, a Californian surf-fish; Riv′er-pie, the water-ousel; Riv′er-shore, the shore or bank of a river; Riv′er-side, the bank of a river; Riv′er-smelt, the gudgeon; Riv′er-snail, a pond snail; Riv′er-swall′ow, the sand-martin; Riv′er-tide, the tide from the sea rising or ebbing in a river; Riv′er-tor′toise, a soft-shelled turtle; Riv′er-wall, a wall made to confine the waters of a river within definite bounds.—adj. Riv′ery, pertaining to rivers, like rivers. [Fr. rivière (It. riviera, shore, river)—Low L. riparia, a shore district—L. ripa, a bank.]

Editors Contribution

  1. river

    A body of water.

    The river brings much freedom and joy to the children during the various seasons.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of RIVER in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of RIVER in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of RIVER in a Sentence

  1. Robin Green:

    Dr. Joel Fleischman in nature. Not exactly the man you knew. He couldn't see past the Hudson River if he tried. He liked his fish smoked or preferable hand sliced from Zabars on a sliced bagel served with onions. Nature, to him, was an irritant. Birds didn't sing, they woke him up. A body of water wasn't life, it was a golf hazard..

  2. Tom Graziano:

    Because of a mild winter and little snow accumulation, the western half of the country, the Upper Midwest, the Middle Atlantic and Northeast all have a low risk of river flooding, which is typically enhanced by snow melt.

  3. Ed Clark:

    In general, these water shortages are stressing systems. They're stressing communities, in particular, the Colorado River, we are seeing the Bureau of Reclamation begin their calls for for additional actions that will provide or curtail some water allocations.

  4. Michael Anderson:

    Now, even within the year, you can have a really wet month, like we did in October -- we had a fantastic atmospheric river -- then November comes around and it's really dry.

  5. Michael Regan:

    The Cape Fear River has spilled into Sutton Lake. The Cape Fear River has spilled over into their transmission yard. Duke has evacuated their employees, what we don't know at this point is if any coal ash has filtered into The Cape Fear River.

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