River definition

rĭvər
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A stream or abundant flow.

A river of tears.

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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.
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A wide, natural stream of fresh water that flows into an ocean or other large body of water and is usually fed by smaller streams, called tributaries, that enter it along its course. A river and its tributaries form a drainage basin, or watershed, that collects the runoff throughout the region and channels it along with erosional sediments toward the river. The sediments are typically deposited most heavily along the river's lower course, forming floodplains along its banks and a delta at its mouth.
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A person or thing that rives.
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Any similar or plentiful stream or flow.

A river of lava.

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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.

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To win a hand in poker by beating (someone) on the basis of the last community card that is turned up.
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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.

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A natural stream of water larger than a creek and emptying into an ocean, a lake, or another river.
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The fifth and last of the community cards in Texas hold'em.
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A male given name.
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A female given name.
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(rare) A surname.
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Any large flow of a liquid in a single body.

A river of blood.

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(poker) The last card dealt in a hand.
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(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.

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One who rives or splits.
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(slang) up the river
  • In or into prison.
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sell down the river
  • to betray, deceive, abuse, etc.
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(slang) up the river
  • to or confined in a penitentiary
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
river
Plural:
Rivers

Origin of river

  • Middle English rivere from Anglo-Norman from Vulgar Latin rīpāria from Latin feminine of rīpārius of a bank from rīpa bank

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • rive +"Ž -er

    From Wiktionary

  • From river.

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