What does Rhine mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Rhine, J. B. Rhine, Joseph Banks Rhinenoun

    United States parapsychologist (1895-1980)

  2. Rhine, Rhine River, Rheinnoun

    a major European river carrying more traffic than any other river in the world; flows into the North Sea


  1. Rhinenoun

    A river that flows through Switzerland, Germany, west Bavaria, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

  2. Etymology: From Rin, from Rīnaz, from. The spelling with Rh- is because of the influence of Ancient Greek Ῥῆνος.


  1. Rhine

    The Rhine is one of the major European rivers. The river begins in the Swiss canton of Graubünden in the southeastern Swiss Alps. It forms part of the Swiss-Liechtenstein, Swiss-Austrian, and Swiss-German borders. After that the Rhine defines much of the Franco-German border, after which it flows in a mostly northerly direction through the German Rhineland. Finally in Germany the Rhine turns into a predominantly westerly direction and flows into the Netherlands where it eventually empties into the North Sea. It drains an area of 9,973 sq km and its name derives from the Celtic Rēnos. There are also two German states named after the river, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. Current calculations of the CHR and EUWID attest massive decrease or even drying out of the river within the next 30–80 years caused by the climate crisis.It is the second-longest river in Central and Western Europe (after the Danube), at about 1,230 km (760 mi), with an average discharge of about 2,900 m3/s (100,000 cu ft/s). The Rhine and the Danube comprised much of the Roman Empire's northern inland boundary, and the Rhine has been a vital navigable waterway bringing trade and goods deep inland since those days. The various castles and defenses built along it attest to its prominence as a waterway in the Holy Roman Empire. Among the largest and most important cities on the Rhine are Cologne, Rotterdam, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Strasbourg, Arnhem, and Basel.


  1. rhine

    The Rhine is a major European river that originates in the Swiss Alps and flows through several countries, including Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France, and the Netherlands, before emptying into the North Sea. It is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe, serving as a significant waterway for trade and transportation. The Rhine is also renowned for its picturesque landscapes and historic landmarks along its path.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rhinenoun

    a water course; a ditch

  2. Etymology: [AS. ryne. See Run.]


  1. Rhine

    The Rhine is a European river that runs from the Swiss canton of Grisons in the southeastern Swiss Alps through Germany and eventually flows into the North Sea coast in the Netherlands and is the twelfth longest river in Europe, at about 1,233 km, with an average discharge of more than 2,000 m³/s. The Rhine and the Danube formed most of the northern inland frontier of the Roman Empire and, since those days, the Rhine has been a vital and navigable waterway carrying trade and goods deep inland. It has also served as a defensive feature and has been the basis for regional and international borders. The many castles and prehistoric fortifications along the Rhine testify to its importance as a waterway. River traffic could be stopped at these locations, usually for the purpose of collecting tolls, by the state that controlled that portion of the river.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Rhine

    one of the chief rivers of Europe; of several small Alpine head-streams, the Nearer and the Farther Rhine are the two principal, issuing from the eastern flanks of Mount St Gothard; a junction is formed at Reichenau, whence the united stream—the Upper Rhine—flows N. to Lake Constance, and issuing from the NW. corner curves westward to Basel, forming the boundary between Switzerland and Germany. From Basel, as the Middle Rhine, it pursues a northerly course to Mainz, turns sharply to the W. as far as Bingen, and again resumes its northward course. The Rhine-Highland between Bingen and Bonn is the most romantic and picturesque part of its course. As the Lower Rhine it flows in a sluggish, winding stream through the Rhenish Lowlands, enters Holland near Clèves, at Nimeguen bends to the W., and flowing through Holland some 100 m. reaches the German Ocean, splitting in its lowest part into several streams which form a rich delta, one-third of Holland. It is 800 m. in length; receives numerous affluents, e.g. Neckar, Main, Moselle, Lippe; is navigable for ships to Mannheim.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. rhine

    (anc. Rhenus, Ger. Rhein). An important river in Germany, and one of the most noted in Europe, takes its rise in the Swiss canton of Grisons, and after a north-northwest course of about 800 miles, falls in the German Ocean. Cæsar was the first Roman general who crossed the Rhine; he threw a bridge of boats across it. It was fortified as the frontier of the Roman empire 298 and 369, and became the boundary of the French republic in 1776.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Rhine

    From the Celtic rhe, “rapid.” This name was given by the Swiss to rivers generally.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RHINE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rhine is ranked #8690 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rhine surname appeared 3,779 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Rhine.

    85.1% or 3,218 total occurrences were White.
    9.1% or 347 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 90 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 47 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 46 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.8% or 31 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for Rhine »

  1. hiren

  2. rhein

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rhine in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rhine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Rhine in a Sentence

  1. Ralf Jaeger:

    There were no concrete plans for an attack in Rhineland-Palatinate or North Rhine-Westphalia, especially not against the soccer Bundesliga.

  2. Rick Turner:

    We stayed two days in Basel, but it was a bit boring – you’re on the Rhine, that’s nice, but there was n’t tonnes to do, but the train from Strasbourg had involved a change there, so we ’d thought we may as well get off.

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