Sunse on the Mississippi River.
An example of a river is the Mississippi River.
- a natural stream of water larger than a creek and emptying into an ocean, a lake, or another river
- any similar or plentiful stream or flow: a river of lava
Origin of riverMiddle English rivere from Old French riviere from Vulgar Latin riparia from Classical Latin riparius: see riparian
sell down the river
Origin of riverfrom the former practice of selling and sending slaves to plantations on the lower Mississippi River, where conditions were esp. harsh
up the river
Origin of riverfrom the practice of sending convicts up the Hudson, from New York City to Sing SingSlang
- Abbr. R. A large natural stream of water emptying into an ocean, lake, or other body of water and usually fed along its course by converging tributaries.
- A stream or abundant flow: a river of tears.
- The fifth and last of the community cards in various poker games, especially Texas hold'em.
transitive verbriv·ered, riv·er·ing, riv·ers
Origin of riverMiddle English rivere from Anglo-Norman from Vulgar Latin rīpāria from Latin feminine of rīpārius of a bank from rīpa bank
- 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.
- Any large flow of a liquid in a single body.
- a river of blood
- (poker) The last card dealt in a hand.
(third-person singular simple present rivers, present participle rivering, simple past and past participle rivered)
- (poker) 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.
From Anglo-Norman rivere, from Old French riviere, from Vulgar Latin *riparia (“riverbank, seashore, river"), from Latin riparius (“of a riverbank"), from riparia (“shore"), from ripa (“river bank"), from Proto-Indo-European *rei- (“to scratch, tear, cut").
rive +"Ž -er
- A male given name.
- A female given name.
- (rare) A surname.