What does River mean?

Definitions for River
ˈrɪv ərRiv·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. river(noun)

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

    "the river was navigable for 50 miles"

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  2. river(Noun)

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

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

  3. river(Noun)

    The last card dealt in a hand.

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

  4. river(Verb)

    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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. River(noun)

    one who rives or splits

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  3. River(noun)

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

    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.]

  4. River(verb)

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

    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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How to say River in sign language?

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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. Amenorhu kwaku:

    A philosopher's mind is calm like the stillness of a river but goes deep like the depth of the sea

  2. Alexander Uss:

    The fuel has got into Lake Pyasino, now it's important to prevent it from getting into the Pyasina River, which flows north. That should be possible.

  3. Ernesto Flores:

    There are still 30 bodies to retrieve. It´s complicated because it´s at the bottom of the river.

  4. Pierce County Sheriff Department:

    The deputy continued hiking toward the sound of the dog's barking, and spotted a dog matching the description of Daisy up a very steep embankment above the Marshall River.

  5. Michael Pitt:

    If The EPA had followed the advice of The EPA own expert, many of the injuries to the people of Flint River could have been avoided or minimized.

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