• WordNet 3.6
    • n distributary a branch of a river that flows away from the main stream and does not rejoin it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Distributary Tending to distribute or be distributed; that distributes; distributive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • distributary Distributing; distributive; designed for distribution.
    • n distributary In physical geography, an outflowing branch of a river, such as occurs characteristically on a delta.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Distributary distributing
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. distribuĕredis, asunder, tribuĕre, tribūtum, to allot.


In literature:

Their main channels bifurcate, and each new stream so created throws off its own set of distributaries to right and left.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
Distributaries of the Sirhind canal water the whole district.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
They occupied the north bank of the Fresno River and the distributaries of the Chowchilla River.
"The Aboriginal Population of the San Joaquin Valley, California" by Sherburne F. Cook
Like other deltaic distributaries, they are subject to sudden changes in their channels, and to constant silting up.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 8" by Various
The association has 14,000 members and controls nearly 10,000 m. of distributary channels.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 7" by Various

In news:

Now on view at aceart, the small ceramic work is part of Distributary, a show of seven artists who use ceramics to examine social ideas and issues while exploring the outer limits of their medium.