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RIVER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does river mean? 

RIVER (noun)
  The noun RIVER has 1 sense:

1. a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek)

  Familiarity information: RIVER used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RIVER (noun)


Sense 1river [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A large natural stream of water (larger than a creek)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context example:

the river was navigable for 50 miles

Hypernyms ("river" is a kind of...):

stream; watercourse (a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth)

Meronyms (parts of "river"):

estuary (the wide part of a river where it nears the sea; fresh and salt water mix)

falls; waterfall (a steep descent of the water of a river)

rapid (a part of a river where the current is very fast)

Domain member category:

shore (the land along the edge of a body of water)

bend; curve (curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.))

channel (a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels)

body of water; water (the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean))

confluence; meeting (a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers))

frontage (the extent of the front of shop or plot of land (as along a street or river etc))

rejuvenate (cause (a stream or river) to erode, as by an uplift of the land)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "river"):

Clyde (a river in western Scotland that flows from the southern uplands into the Firth of Clyde; navigable by oceangoing vessels as far as Glasgow)

Weser; Weser River (a rive in northwestern Germany that flows north to the North Sea near Bremerhaven)

Instance hyponyms:

Rappahannock; Rappahannock River (a river that flows across eastern Virginia into the Tidewater region)

Purus; Purus River (a Brazilian river; tributary of the Amazon River)

Potomac; Potomac River (a river in the east central United States; rises in West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains and flows eastward, forming the boundary between Maryland and Virginia, to the Chesapeake Bay)

Po; Po River (a European river; flows into the Adriatic Sea)

Saint Lawrence; Saint Lawrence River; St. Lawrence; St. Lawrence River (a North American river; flows into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the North Atlantic)

Osage; Osage River (a river in Missouri that is a tributary of the Missouri River)

Platte; Platte River (a river in Nebraska that flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River)

Ping; Ping River (a river in western Thailand; a major tributary of the Chao Phraya)

Penobscot; Penobscot River (a river in central Maine flowing into Penobscot Bay)

Pee Dee; Pee Dee River (a river that flows through central North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina to the Atlantic Ocean)

Red; Red River (a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows eastward from Texas along the southern boundary of Oklahoma and through Louisiana)

Republican; Republican River (a tributary of the Kansas River that flows from eastern Colorado eastward through Nebraska and Kansas)

Rhein; Rhine; Rhine River (a major European river carrying more traffic than any other river in the world; flows into the North Sea)

Saint Johns; Saint Johns River; St. Johns; St. Johns River (a river in northeastern Florida that flows northward to Jacksonville and then eastward to empty into the Atlantic Ocean)

Saint John; Saint John River; St. John; St. John River (a river that rises in Maine and flows northeastward through New Brunswick to empty into the Bay of Fundy)

Saint Francis; Saint Francis River; St. Francis; St. Francis River (a tributary of the Mississippi River that rises in Missouri and flows southeastward through Arkansas)

Sacramento River (a river in northern California rising near Mount Shasta and flowing south to the San Francisco Bay)

Sabine; Sabine River (a river in eastern Texas that flows south into the Gulf of Mexico)

Saale; Saale River (a river that rises in central Germany and flows north to join the Elbe River)

Russian River (a river in northern California)

Ruhr; Ruhr River (a tributary of the Rhine)

Rio Bravo; Rio Grande (a North American river; boundary between the United States and Mexico; flows into Gulf of Mexico)

Rhone; Rhone River (a major French river; flows into the Mediterranean near Marseilles)

Pecos; Pecos River (a tributary of the Rio Grande that flows southeastward from New Mexico through western Texas)

Pearl River (a river in Mississippi that flows southward to the Gulf of Mexico)

Nile; Nile River (the world's longest river (4150 miles); flows northward through eastern Africa into the Mediterranean; the Nile River valley in Egypt was the site of the world's first great civilization)

Niger; Niger River (an African river; flows into the South Atlantic)

Niagara; Niagara River (a river flowing from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario; forms boundary between Ontario and New York)

New River (a river in the southeastern United States that flows northward from North Carolina to West Virginia where it empties into the Kanawha River)

Neva; Neva River (a river in northwestern Russia flowing generally west into the Gulf of Finland)

Neosho; Neosho River (a river that rises in eastern Kansas and flows eastward into Oklahoma to become a tributary of the Arkansas River)

Neckar; Neckar River (a river in Germany; rises in the Black Forest and flows north into the Rhine)

Nan; Nan River (a river of western Thailand flowing southward to join the Ping River to form the Chao Phraya)

Namoi; Namoi River (a river in southeastern Australia that flows generally northwest to join the Darling River)

Murrumbidgee; Murrumbidgee River (a river of southeastern Australia; flows westward into the Murray River)

Niobrara; Niobrara River (a tributary of the Missouri River)

North Platte; North Platte River (a river that rises in northern Colorado and flows northward into Wyoming and then eastward and southeastward through Nebraska where it joins the South Platte to form the Platte River)

Parnahiba; Parnaiba (a river in northeastern Brazil that flows generally northward to the Atlantic Ocean)

Parana; Parana River (a South American river; tributary of Rio de la Plata)

Ouse; Ouse River (a river in northeastern England that flows generally southeastward to join the Trent River and form the Humber)

Ouachita; Ouachita River (a river that rises in western Arkansas and flows southeast into eastern Louisiana to become a tributary of the Red River)

Ottawa; Ottawa river; Outaouais (a river in southeastern Canada that flows along the boundary between Quebec and Ontario to the Saint Lawrence River near Montreal)

Orinoco; Orinoco River (a South American river 1,500 miles long; flows into the South Atlantic)

Orange; Orange River (a river in South Africa that flows generally westward to the Atlantic Ocean)

Ohio; Ohio River (a river that is formed in western Pennsylvania and flows westward to become a tributary of the Mississippi River)

Oder; Oder River (a European river; flows into the Baltic Sea)

Ob; Ob River (a major river of western Siberia; flows generally northward and westward to the Gulf of Ob and the Kara Sea)

Murray; Murray River (an southeast Australian river; flows westward and then south into the Indian Ocean at Adelaide)

Salmon; Salmon River (a tributary of the Snake River in Idaho)

Canton River; Chu Kiang; Pearl River; Zhu Jiang (a river in southeast China that flows into the South China Sea)

Volga; Volga River (a Russian river; the longest river in Europe; flows into the Caspian Sea)

Vistula; Vistula River (a European river; flows into the Baltic Sea)

Vetluga; Vetluga River (a river in central Russia; flows generally southward into the Volga)

Uruguay River (a South American river that arises in southern Brazil and flows south to the Rio de la Plata; the northern section forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil and the southern section forms the boundary between Argentina and Uruguay)

River Tyne; Tyne; Tyne River (a river in northern England that flows east to the North Sea)

Stony Tunguska; Tunguska (a river in Siberia that flows northwest to become a tributary of the Yenisei River)

Lower Tunguska; Tunguska (a river that arises north of Lake Baikal and flows north and west to the Yenisei River)

Trinity River (a river in eastern Texas that is formed near Dallas and flows generally southeastward to Galveston Bay)

River Trent; Trent; Trent River (a river in central England that flows generally northeastward to join with the Ouse River and form the Humber)

Tombigbee; Tombigbee River (a river that rises in northeastern Mississippi and flows southward through western Alabama to join the Alabama River and form the Mobile River)

Volkhov; Volkhov River (a river in northwestern Russia flowing generally north into Lake Ladoga)

Wabash; Wabash River (a tributary of the Ohio River that rises in western Ohio and flows southwestward across Indiana)

Zambezi; Zambezi River (an African river; flows into the Indian Ocean)

Yukon; Yukon River (a North American river that flows westward from the Yukon Territory through central Alaska to the Bering Sea)

Yenisei; Yenisei River; Yenisey; Yenisey River (a Russian river in Siberia; rises in mountains near the Mongolian border and flows generally northward into the Kara Sea)

Yellowstone; Yellowstone River (a tributary of the Missouri River that flows through the Yellowstone National Park)

Yazoo; Yazoo River (a river that rises in west central Mississippi and flows southwest to empty into the Mississippi River above Vicksburg)

Chang; Chang Jiang; Changjiang; Yangtze; Yangtze Kiang; Yangtze River (the longest river of Asia; flows eastward from Tibet into the East China Sea near Shanghai)

Yalu; Yalu River (river in eastern Asia; rises in North Korea and flows southwest to Korea Bay (forming part of the border between North Korea and China))

Wisconsin; Wisconsin River (a tributary of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin)

Willamette; Willamette River (a river in western Oregon that flows north into the Columbia River near Portland)

White; White River (a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows southeastward through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri)

Tocantins; Tocantins River (a river in eastern Brazil that flows generally north to the Para River)

Tigris; Tigris River (an Asian river; a tributary of the Euphrates River)

Chari; Chari River; Shari; Shari River (an African river that flows northwest into Lake Chad)

Seyhan; Seyhan River (a Turkish river flowing south southwest into the Mediterranean)

Severn; Severn River (a river in Ontario that flows northeast into Hudson Bay)

River Severn; Severn; Severn River (a river in England and Wales flowing into the Bristol Channel; the longest river in Great Britain)

Seine; Seine River (a French river that flows through the heart of Paris and then northward into the English Channel)

Scheldt; Scheldt River (a river that rises in France and flows northeast across Belgium and empties into the North Sea)

Savannah; Savannah River (a river in South Carolina that flows southeast to the Atlantic)

Saone; Saone River (a river in eastern France; rises in Lorraine and flows south to become the chief tributary of the Rhone)

Sao Francisco (a river in eastern Brazil flowing into the Atlantic Ocean)

San Joaquin River (a river in central California that rises in the Sierra Nevada and flows northwest to form a large delta with the Sacramento River)

Shenandoah River (a river of northern Virginia that empties into the Potomac at Harpers Ferry)

Snake; Snake River (a tributary of the Columbia River that rises in Wyoming and flows westward; discovered in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark Expedition)

Tevere; Tiber (a river of central Italy; flows through Rome to the Tyrrhenian Sea)

River Thames; Thames; Thames River (the longest river in England; flows eastward through London to the North Sea)

Tennessee; Tennessee River (a river formed by the confluence of two other rivers near Knoxville; it follows a U-shaped course to become a tributary of the Ohio River in western Kentucky)

Tallapoosa; Tallapoosa River (river that rises in northwestern Georgia and flows southwest through central Alabama to join the Coosa River near Montgomery and form the Alabama River)

Tagus; Tagus River (a European river; flows into the North Atlantic)

Susquehanna; Susquehanna River (a river in the northeastern United States that rises in New York and flows southward through Pennsylvania and Maryland into Chesapeake Bay)

Surinam River; Suriname River (a river in Suriname that flows northward to the Atlantic)

Sun River (a river in western Montana that flows south and east to join the Missouri River)

River Styx; Styx ((Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which Charon carried dead souls)

South Platte; South Platte River (a tributary of the Platte River)

Sambre; Sambre River (a river in western Europe that rises in northern France and flows generally east into Belgium where it joins the Meuse at Namur)

Moreau River (a river that rises in western South Dakota and flows eastward to the Missouri River)

Elizabeth River (a short river in southeastern Virginia flowing between Norfolk and Portsmouth into Hampton Roads)

Congo; Congo River; Zaire River (a major African river (one of the world's longest); flows through Congo into the South Atlantic)

Columbia; Columbia River (a North American river; rises in southwestern Canada and flows southward across Washington to form the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific; known for its salmon runs in the spring)

Colorado; Colorado River (a river in Texas; flows southeast into the Gulf of Mexico)

Colorado; Colorado River (an important river in the southwestern United States; rises in the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado and flows southwest through Utah into Arizona (where it flows through the Grand Canyon) and then southward through the southern tip of Nevada, then forming the border between California and Arizona and finally into Mexico where it empties into the Gulf of California; the main source of water in the southwestern United States)

Cocytus; River Cocytus ((Greek mythology) a river in Hades that was said to be a tributary of the Acheron)

Clinch River (a river that rises in southwestern Virginia and flows generally southwestward across eastern Tennessee to the Tennessee River)

Cimarron; Cimarron River (a river that rises in northeastern New Mexico and flows eastward into Oklahoma where it becomes a tributary of the Arkansas River)

Chattahoochee; Chattahoochee River (a river rising in northern Georgia and flowing southwest and south to join the Flint River at the Florida border where they form the Apalachicola River)

Charles; Charles River (a river in eastern Massachusetts that empties into Boston Harbor and that separates Cambridge from Boston)

Chao Phraya (a river in Thailand formed by the confluence of the Nan and Ping Rivers; flows southward past Bangkok and empties into the Gulf of Thailand)

Connecticut; Connecticut River (a river in the northeastern United States; flows south from northern New Hampshire along the border between New Hampshire and Vermont and through Massachusetts and Connecticut where it empties into Long Island Sound)

Coosa; Coosa River (river that rises in northwestern Georgia and flows southwest through eastern Alabama to join the Tallapoosa River near Montgomery and form the Alabama River)

Elbe; Elbe River (a river in central Europe that arises in northwestern Czechoslovakia and flows northward through Germany to empty into the North Sea)

Ebro; Ebro River (a river in northeastern Spain; flows into the Mediterranean)

Don; Don River (a European river in southwestern Russia; flows into the Sea of Azov)

Dnieper; Dnieper River (a river that rises in Russia near Smolensk and flowing south through Belarus and Ukraine to empty into the Black Sea)

Detroit River (a short river flowing from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie along the border between the United States and Canada; one the busiest inland waterways in the world)

Demerara (a river in northern Guyana that flows northward into the Atlantic)

Delaware; Delaware River (a river that rises in the Catskills in southeastern New York and flows southward along the border of Pennsylvania with New York and New Jersey to northern Delaware where it empties into Delaware Bay)

Darling; Darling River (an Australian river; tributary of the Murray River)

Danau; Danube; Danube River (the 2nd longest European river (after the Volga); flows from southwestern Germany to the Black Sea)

Cumberland; Cumberland River (a river that rises in southeastern Kentucky and flows westward through northern Tennessee to become a tributary of the Ohio River in southwestern Kentucky)

Cape Fear River (a river in North Carolina that flows southeast to the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Fear)

Canadian; Canadian River (a river rising in northeastern New Mexico and flowing eastward across the Texas panhandle to become a tributary of the Arkansas River in Oklahoma)

Cam; Cam River; River Cam (a river in east central England that flows past Cambridge to join the Ouse River)

Aras; Araxes (a river that rises in northeastern Turkey (near the source of the Euphrates) and flows generally eastward through Armenia to the Caspian Sea; ancient name was Araxes)

Araguaia; Araguaia River; Araguaya; Araguaya River (a river in central Brazil that flows generally northward (with many falls) to join the Tocantins River)

Apalachicola; Apalachicola River (a river in northwestern Florida formed by the confluence of the Chattahoochee River and the Flint River at the Florida border)

Angara; Angara River; Tunguska; Upper Tunguska (a river in southeastern Siberia that flows northwest from Lake Baikal to become a tributary of the Yenisei River)

Amur; Amur River; Heilong; Heilong Jiang (an Asian river between China and Russia; flows into the Sea of Okhotsk)

Amazon; Amazon River (a major South American river; arises in the Andes and flows eastward into the South Atlantic; the world's 2nd longest river (4000 miles))

Allegheny; Allegheny River (a river that rises in Pennsylvania and flows north into New York and then back south through Pennsylvania again to join the Monongahela River at Pittsburgh which is the beginning of the Ohio River)

Alabama; Alabama River (a river in Alabama formed by the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers near Montgomery; flows southwestward to become a tributary of the Mobile River)

Aire; Aire River; River Aire (a river in northern England that flows southeast through West Yorkshire)

Adige; River Adige (a river in northern Italy that flows southeast into the Adriatic Sea)

Aar; Aare; Aare River (a river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine)

Arauca (a river that rises in northern Colombia and flows generally eastward to the Orinoco in central Venezuela)

Caloosahatchee; Caloosahatchee River (a river in southern Florida that flows westerly to the Gulf of Mexico; forms the western end of the Cross-Florida Waterway)

Brazos; Brazos River (a river that rises in Mexico and flows across Texas into the Gulf of Mexico)

Brahmaputra; Brahmaputra River (an Asian river; flows into the Bay of Bengal)

Big Sioux River (a river that rises in northeastern South Dakota and flows southward to join the Missouri River at Sioux City, Iowa)

Bighorn; Bighorn River (a river that flows from central Wyoming to the Yellowstone River in southern Montana)

Avon; River Avon (a river in southwestern England rising in Gloucestershire and flowing through Bristol to empty into the estuary of the Severn)

Avon; River Avon; Upper Avon; Upper Avon River (a river in central England that flows through Stratford-on-Avon and empties into the Severn)

Arno; Arno River; River Arno (a river in central Italy rising in the Apennines and flowing through Florence and Pisa to the Ligurian Sea)

Arkansas; Arkansas River (a river that rises in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and flows southeast through Kansas and Oklahoma and through Arkansas to become a tributary of the Mississippi River)

Argun; Argun River; Ergun He (a river in eastern Asia that arises in China and flows northeast along the border between China and Russia to become a tributary of the Amur River)

Acheron; River Acheron ((Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which the souls of the dead were carried by Charon)

Monongahela; Monongahela River (a river that rises in northern West Virginia and flows north into Pennsylvania where it joins the Allegheny River at Pittsburgh to form the Ohio River)

Little Wabash; Little Wabash River (a river in eastern Illinois that flows southeastward to the Wabash River)

Little Sioux River (a river that rises in southwestern Minnesota and flows southwestward to the Missouri River in western Iowa)

Little Missouri; Little Missouri River (a river that rises in northeastern Wyoming and flows through Montana and South Dakota to join the Missouri River in North Dakota)

Little Bighorn; Little Bighorn River; Little Horn (a river that flows from northern Wyoming into the Bighorn River in southern Montana; site of Custer's Last Stand)

Crocodile River; Limpopo (an African river; flows into the Indian Ocean)

Lethe; River Lethe ((Greek mythology) a river in Hades; the souls of the dead had to drink from it, which made them forget all they had done and suffered when they were alive)

Lena; Lena River (a Russian river in Siberia; flows northward into the Laptev Sea)

Lehigh River (a rive in eastern Pennsylvania that flows southeast into the Delaware River)

Kura; Kura River (a river in western Asia; rises in northeast Turkey and flows to the Caspian Sea)

Klamath; Klamath River (a river flowing southwest from Oregon through northern California to the Pacific Ocean)

Loire; Loire River (the longest French river; rises in the Massif Central and flows north and west to the Atlantic Ocean)

Mackenzie; Mackenzie River (a Canadian river; flows into the Beaufort Sea)

Mohawk River (a river of central New York that flows southeastward to the Hudson River)

Mobile; Mobile River (a river in southwestern Alabama; flows into Mobile Bay)

Missouri; Missouri River (the longest river in the United States; arises in Montana and flows southeastward to become a tributary of the Mississippi at Saint Louis)

Mississippi; Mississippi River (a major North American river and the chief river of the United States; rises in northern Minnesota and flows southward into the Gulf of Mexico)

Milk; Milk River (a river that rises in the Rockies in northwestern Montana and flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River)

Meuse; Meuse River (a European river; flows into the North Sea)

Merrimack; Merrimack River (a river that rises in south central New Hampshire and flows through Concord and Manchester into Massachusetts and empties into the Atlantic Ocean)

Mekong; Mekong River (an Asian river; flows through a large delta in southern Vietnam into the South China Sea)

Magdalena; Magdalena River (a river that rises in the Andes mountains in southwestern Colombia and flows generally northward to empty into the Caribbean Sea at Barranquilla)

Madeira; Madeira River (a Brazilian river; tributary of the Amazon River)

Kasai; Kasai River; River Kasai (a river of southwestern Africa that rises in central Angola and flows east and then north (forming part of the border between Angola and Congo) and continuing northwest through Congo to empty into the Congo River on the border between Congo and Republic of the Congo)

Kansas; Kansas River; Kaw River (a river in northeastern Kansas; flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River)

Kanawha; Kanawha River (a tributary of the Ohio River in West Virginia)

Green; Green River (a river that rises in western Wyoming and flows southward through Utah to become a tributary of the Colorado River)

Grand River (a river in southern Michigan that flows northwest to empty into Lake Michigan)

Gila; Gila River (a river that rises in western New Mexico and flows westward through southern Arizona to become a tributary of the Colorado River)

Garonne; Garonne River (a river that rises in the Pyrenees and flows northwest to the Bay of Biscay)

Gan Jiang; Kan River (a river in southeastern China that flows generally north into the Chang Jiang north of Nanchang)

Ganges; Ganges River (an Asian river; rises in the Himalayas and flows east into the Bay of Bengal; a sacred river of the Hindus)

Fox River (a river in Wisconsin that flows into Lake Michigan)

Forth; Forth River (a river in southern Scotland that flows eastward to the Firth of Forth)

Flint; Flint River (a river in western Georgia that flows generally south to join the Chattahoochee River at the Florida border where they form the Apalachicola River)

Euphrates; Euphrates River (a river in southwestern Asia; flows into the Persian Gulf; was important in the development of several great civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia)

Housatonic; Housatonic River (a river that rises in western Massachusetts and flows south through Connecticut to empty into Long Island Sound)

Huang He; Hwang Ho; Yellow River (a major river of Asia in northern China; flows generally eastward into the Yellow Sea; carries large quantities of yellow silt to its delta)

Hudson; Hudson River (a New York river; flows southward into New York Bay; explored by Henry Hudson early in the 17th century)

Jordan; Jordan River (a river in Palestine that empties into the Dead Sea; John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan)

James; James River (a river in Virginia that flows east into Chesapeake Bay at Hampton Roads)

James; James River (a river that rises in North Dakota and flows southward across South Dakota to the Missouri)

Isere; Isere River (a river in southeastern France; a tributary of the Rhone)

Irtish; Irtish River; Irtysh; Irtysh River (an Asian river that rises in the Altai Mountains in northern China and flows generally northwest to become a tributary of the Ob River)

Irrawaddy; Irrawaddy River (the main river of Myanmar rising in the north and flowing south through the length of Burma to empty into the Andaman Sea)

Indus; Indus River (an Asian river that rises in Tibet and flows through northern India and then southwest through Kashmir and Pakistan to the Arabian Sea)

Indigirka; Indigirka River (a river in far eastern Siberia that flows generally northward to the Arctic Ocean)

Illinois River (a river in Illinois that flows southwest to the Mississippi River)

IJssel; IJssel river (a river in the central Netherlands flowing north to the IJsselmeer)

Holonyms ("river" is a part of...):

water system (a river and all of its tributaries)


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