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definition of the word river

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A river
Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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From Old French rivière < Vulgar Latin *riparia (riverbank, seashore, river) < Latin riparius (of a riverbank) < riparia (shore) < ripa (river bank) < Proto-Indo-European *rei- (to scratch, tear, cut).



river (plural rivers)

  1. 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.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spell-bound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.
  2. Any large flow of a liquid in a single body (e.g., 'a river of blood').
  3. (poker) The last card given to a player or the community cards in poker

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