river in W Europe, flowing from E Switzerland north through Germany, then west through the Netherlands into the North Sea: c. 820 mi (1,320 km)
Origin of RhineGerman Rhein ; from Celtic Rēnos ; from Indo-European an unverified form erei- ; from base an unverified form er-, set in motion from source run
A river of western Europe rising in eastern Switzerland and flowing about 1,320 km (820 mi) north and northwest through Germany and the Netherlands to the North Sea. A major route for travel and commercial shipping, it has historically been of great economic and military importance.
Anglo-Saxon ryne. See run.