- The definition of a river is a natural stream of water that empties into another body of water.
An example of a river is the Mississippi River.
Sunse on the Mississippi River.
river definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English rivere ; from Old French riviere ; from Vulgar Latin riparia ; from Classical Latin riparius: see riparian
- riverlike adjective
river definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
Origin: Middle English rivere, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *rīpāria, from Latin, feminine of rīpārius, of a bank, from rīpa, bank.
river - Phrases/Idioms
sell down the riverâ
Etymology: from the former selling of slaves to plantations on the lower Mississippi
up the riverâ
Etymology: from the sending of convicts up the Hudson River from New York to Sing SingSlang
up the river
river - Science Definition