• WordNet 3.6
    • n river a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek) "the river was navigable for 50 miles"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

River St. Lawrence River St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence River from the Citadel St. Lawrence River from the Citadel
The River Bank The River Bank
Into the River! ——77 Into the River! ——77

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more than 250,000 rivers in the United States, which amounts to 3.5 million miles of rivers
    • River A large stream of water flowing in a bed or channel and emptying into the ocean, a sea, a lake, or another stream; a stream larger than a rivulet or brook. "Transparent and sparkling rivers , from which it is delightful to drink as they flow."
    • River Fig.: A large stream; copious flow; abundance; as, rivers of blood; rivers of oil.
    • n River One who rives or splits.
    • v. i River To hawk by the side of a river; to fly hawks at river fowl.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 sent the Mississippi River backwards.
    • n river One who rives or splits.
    • n river A considerable body of water flowing with a perceptible current in a certain definite course or channel, and usually without cessation during the entire year. Some watercourses, however, are called rivers although their beds may be almost, or even entirely, dry during more or less of the year. As water must find its way downward, under the influence of gravity, wherever the opportunity is offered, most rivers reach the ocean, which is the lowest attainable level, either independently or by uniting with some other stream; but this process of joining and becoming merged in another river may be repeated several times before the main stream is finally reached. As a general rule, the river which heads furthest from the sea, or which has the longest course, retains its name, while the affluents entering it lose their identity when merged in the larger stream. There are various exceptions to this, one of the most remarkable of which is the Mississippi, which retains that name to its mouth, although the affluent called the Missouri is much longer than the Mississippi and somewhat larger at the junction. Asia, North America, and South America have “closed basins,” or regions in which the surplus water does not find its way to the sea, for the reason that there evaporation is in excess of precipitation, so that the water cannot accumulate to a height sufficient to allow it to run over at the lowest point in the edge of the basin, and thus reach the sea. The water carried by rivers is rain or melted snow, a part of which runs on the surface to the nearest rivulet while the rain is falling, or immediately after it has fallen, while a larger part consists of that rain-water which, falling upon a permeable material, such as sand and gravel, sinks beneath the surface for a certain distance, and then makes its way to the nearest available river, more or less slowly according to the permeability of the superficial material, the extent to which it is saturated with water, and the nature and position of the impermeable beds, as of clay or crystalline rocks, which may underlie it. Were the surface everywhere entirely impermeable, the rainfall would be carried at once to the nearest rivers, and disastrous freshets would be the rule rather than the exception in regions of large rainfall. It is a matter of great importance that many of the largest rivers head in high mountain regions, where the precipitation is chiefly or entirely in the form of snow, which can melt only gradually, so that disastrous floods are thus prevented, while the winter's precipitation in many regions is stored away for summer's use, extensive tracts being thus made available for habitation which otherwise would be deserts. The size of a river depends chiefly on the orographical features and the amount of rainfall of the region through which it flows. Thus, the Amazon is the largest river in the world because the peculiar topography of South America causes the drainage of a vast region (over a million and a half square miles) to converge toward one central line, and because throughout the whole course of that river and its branches there is a region of very large rainfall. The Orinoco, although draining an area less than one fifth of that of the Amazon, is navigable for fully 1,000 miles, and is, when full, over three miles wide at 560 miles from its mouth, because it drains a region of extraordinarily large precipitation. The Missouri-Mississippi, on the other hand, although draining an area nearly as large as that of the Amazon, is very much inferior to that river in volume at its mouth, because it flows for a considerable part of its course through a region where the precipitation is very small, while it is not extraordinarily large in any part of the Mississippi basin. The area drained by any river is called its basin; but this term is not generally used except with reference to a river of considerable size, and then includes the main river and all its affluents. The edge of a river-basin is the watershed, in the United States frequently called the divide, and this may be a mountain-range or an entirely inconspicuous elevation of the surface. Thus, for a part of the distance, the divide between the Mississippi basin and that of the Great Lakes is quite imperceptible topographically. Exceptionally some large rivers (as the Amazon and Orinoco) inosculate with each other.
    • n river In law, a stream of flowing water, of greater magnitude than a rivulet or brook. It may be navigable or not; the right to use it may be purely public, or it may be private property; it may arise from streams, or constitute the outlet of a lake; it may be known by the appellation of river or by some other name—these particulars not being material to its legal character as a river. Bishop.
    • n river A large stream; copious flow; abundance: as, rivers of oil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At 4,145 miles, the Nile River is the longest in the world.
    • n River riv′ėr a large running stream of water
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  • Bible
    “All rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full.”
  • Indian Proverb
    Indian Proverb
    “If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile.”
  • Heraclitus
    “You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on.”
  • Ashanti Proverb
    Ashanti Proverb
    “No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.”
  • Al Frank
    Al Frank
    “Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Like dreams, small creeks grow into mighty rivers.”


Sell down the river - If you sell someone down the river, you betray their trust.
Up a river without a paddle - If you up a river without a paddle, you are in an unfortunate situation, unprepared and with none of the resources to remedy the matter.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rivère, a river, LL. riparia, river, bank of a river, fr. L. riparius, belonging to a bank or shore, fr. ripa, a bank or shore; of uncertain origin. Cf. Arrive Riparian
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. rivière (It. riviera, shore, river)—Low L. riparia, a shore district—L. ripa, a bank.


In literature:

And the river trip, an unknown river with Heaven knows what rapids and other difficulties!
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
Next to the Lenni Lenape were the valiant Shawnees, who held all the valley of the Scioto as far west as the Little Miami or Mud River.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The fall of a river into the sea; it has also been used for the passage of vessels across the mouth of a river and out of one.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Now they have the railway, and the steamers on the river as far as Tomsk.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
She plodded along the road for perhaps a mile, then swung down from the mesa to the river.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Situated on the right or south bank of the river; current 2-1/4 miles per hour; width of river, 1800 yards.
"Life of Rear Admiral John Randolph Tucker" by James Henry Rochelle
The rivers, lakes, and streams break up this month.
"First History of New Brunswick" by Peter Fisher
River Rouge enters Detroit river, a few miles below the city of Detroit.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
Here again we find the main routes which traverse the country following the rivers closely.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
This and the condensed mists reach the river through a delta of five small brooks.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard

In poetry:

On the bosom of the river,
Where the Saviour-king we own,
We shall meet, and sorrow never
'Neath the glory of the throne. Cho.
"Beautiful River" by Robert Wadsworth Lowry
Yes, we'll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river —
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.
"Beautiful River" by Robert Wadsworth Lowry
Yes, we'll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river —
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.
"Beautiful River" by Robert Wadsworth Lowry
And as I walk by the vast calm river,
The awful river so dread to see,
I say, "Thy breadth and thy depth forever
Are bridged by his thoughts that cross to me."
"Divided" by Jean Ingelow
Why dost thou wildly rush and roar,
Mad River, O Mad River?
Wilt thou not pause and cease to pour
Thy hurrying, headlong waters o'er
This rocky shelf forever?
"Mad River, In The White Mountains" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"All the rivers run into the sea."
Like the pulsing of a river,
The motion of a song,
Wind the olden words along
The tortuous turnings of my thoughts whenever
I sit beside the sea.
"All The Rivers" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

In news:

Rivers will still be Rivers.
Two fun filled, exciting days of events and exhibition on the river at Emerald Cove in the beautiful Colorado River Adventure Resort (CRA) in Earp California on March 28th and 29th.
If you are a resident of Toms River and are looking for emergency information, the Toms River Police Dept.
Documentary Directed by: Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg ( The End of America ) Starring: Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Larry A Thompson, Kathy Griffin, Billy Sammeth.
Joan Rivers's raw act and complex persona are laid bare in 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work .
Potomac River Named the Most Endangered River of the Year.
The Potomac River was named the most endangered river in the US by American Rivers.
APK Auto Repair's lot in Toms River (Phil Stelton, Toms River Magazine).
Courtesy of Toms River police Police say this man was caught on a surveillance camera robbing a 7-Eleven store in Toms River this month.
TOMS RIVER — A Toms River man has been arrested in connection with three early-morning robberies this month of 7-Eleven stores in the area.
The robber known as the River Rat for crimes on both sides of the Columbia River has been sentenced to 27 years for a string of heists in Clark County, Wash.
Missouri 'River Rat' hopes to enjoy life by the river.
Part of the stone wall running along the Blackstone River behind the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Pawtucket has collapsed and broken into the river.
Neely Tetley (24) scrambles for a loose ball among Twin River's Kelsey Snider (right) and Stephanie Jennings (left) on Tuesday night at the Twin Rivers Lady Royals Classic Tournament.
With the Columbia River relatively low this time of year, a new sandbar at the mouth of the White Salmon River is clearly visible.

In science:

Cressie et al. consider the spatial prediction on a river network.
Random Marked Sets
Spatial prediction on a river network. J. of Agric.
Random Marked Sets
C. Z˘alinescu, Convex Analysis in General Vector Spaces, World Scientific Publishing Co., Inc., River Edge, NJ, 2002.
Definable versions of theorems by Kirszbraun and Helly
We visualize the self-similar landscape as a river network, and show that searching in this landscape is superior to random searching and scales as the length of loop-erased random walks.
Time walkers and spatial dynamics of ageing information
The development of the age landscape and the information river network are visualized in a java applet at .
Time walkers and spatial dynamics of ageing information