Definitions of river

  1. A large natural stream of water emptying into an ocean, a lake, or another body of water and usually fed along its course by converging tributaries. Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek); "the river was navigable for 50 miles" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. One who rives or splits. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Fig.: A large stream; copious flow; abundance; as, rivers of blood; rivers of oil. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To hawk by the side of a river; to fly hawks at river fowl. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A large stream of flowing water. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. A large running stream of water. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Large stream. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A stream of water larger than a creek. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A large stream of water flowing in a channel on land towards the ocean, a lake, or another river; a large stream; copious flow; abundance. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. One who rives. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. A stream flowing in a channel into another river, into the ocean, or into a lake or sea; a copious flow; abundance. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. In the sense in which we employ the word viz. for a perennial stream of considerable size, a river is a much rarer object in the East than in the West. With the exception of the Jordan and the Litany, the streams of the holy land are either entirely dried up in the summer months converted into hot lanes of glaring stones, or else reduced to very small streamlets, deeply sunk in a narrow bed, and concealed from view by a dense growth of shrubs. The perennial river is called nahar by the Hebrews. With the definite article, "the river," it signifies invariably the Euphrates. ( Genesis 31:21 ; Exodus 23:31 ; Numbers 24:6 ; 2 Samuel 10:16 ) etc. It is never applied to the fleeting fugitive torrents of Palestine. The term for these is nachal , for which our translators have used promiscuously, and sometimes almost alternately, "valley" "brook" and "river." No one of these words expresses the thing intended; but the term "brook" is peculiarly unhappy. Many of the wadys of Palestine are deep, abrupt chasms or rents in the solid rock of-the hills, and have a savage, gloomy aspect, far removed from that of an English brook. Unfortunately our language does not contain any single word which has both the meanings of the Hebrew nachal and its Arabic equivalent wady which can be used at once for a dry valley and for the stream which occasionally flows through it. biblestudytools.com
  15. Heb. 'aphik, properly the channel or ravine that holds water ( 2 Samuel 22:16 ), translated "brook," "river," "stream," but not necessarily a perennial stream ( Ezekiel 6:3 ; 31:12 ; 32:6 ; 34:13 ). biblestudytools.com
  16. Heb. nahal, in winter a "torrent," in summer a "wady" or valley ( Genesis 32:23 ; Deuteronomy 2:24 ; 3:16 ; Isaiah 30:28 ; Lamentations 2:18 ; Ezekiel 47:9 ). These winter torrents sometimes come down with great suddenness and with desolating force. A distinguished traveller thus describes his experience in this matter:, "I was encamped in Wady Feiran, near the base of Jebel Serbal, when a tremendous thunderstorm burst upon us. After little more than an hour's rain, the water rose so rapidly in the previously dry wady that I had to run for my life, and with great difficulty succeeded in saving my tent and goods; my boots, which I had not time to pick up, were washed away. In less than two hours a dry desert wady upwards of 300 yards broad was turned into a foaming torrent from 8 to 10 feet deep, roaring and tearing down and bearing everything upon it, tangled masses of tamarisks, hundreds of beautiful palmtrees, scores of sheep and goats, camels and donkeys, and even men, women, and children, for a whole encampment of Arabs was washed away a few miles above me. The storm commenced at five in the evening; at half-past nine the waters were rapidly subsiding, and it was evident that the flood had spent its force." (Compare Matthew 7:27 ; Luke 6:49 .) biblestudytools.com
  17. Nahar, a "river" continuous and full, a perennial stream, as the Jordan, the Euphrates ( Genesis 2:10 ; 15:18 ; Deuteronomy 1:7 ; Psalms 66:6 ; Ezekiel 10:15 ). biblestudytools.com
  18. Tel'alah, a conduit, or water-course ( 1 Kings 18:32 ; 2 Kings 18:17 ; 20:20 ; Job 38:25 ; Ezekiel 31:4 ). biblestudytools.com
  19. Peleg, properly "waters divided", i.e., streams divided, throughout the land ( Psalms 1:3 ); "the rivers [i.e., 'divisions'] of waters" ( Job 20:17 ; 29:6 ; Proverbs 5:16 ). biblestudytools.com
  20. Ye'or, i.e., "great river", probably from an Egyptian word (Aur), commonly applied to the Nile ( Genesis 41:1-3 ), but also to other rivers ( Job 28:10 ; Isaiah 33:21 ). biblestudytools.com
  21. Yubhal, "a river" ( Jeremiah 17:8 ), a full flowing stream. biblestudytools.com
  22. 'Ubhal, "a river" ( Daniel 8:2 ). These dictionary topics are fromM.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible DictionaryBibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for River". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". . biblestudytools.com
  23. riv'[.e]r, n. a large running stream of water.--adj. RIV'ERAIN, riparian.--ns. RIV'ER-BANK, the bank of a river; RIV'ER-B[=A]S'IN, the whole region drained by a river and its affluents; RIV'ER-BED, the channel in which a river flows; RIV'ER-BIRCH, the red birch; RIV'ER-BOTT'OM, the alluvial land along the margin of a river; RIV'ER-CARP, the common carp; RIV'ER-CHUB, the horny-head or jerker; RIV'ER-COURSE, the bed of a river; RIV'ER-CRAB, a fresh-water crab; RIV'ER-CRAFT, small vessels which ply on rivers; RIV'ER-CRAY'FISH, a crayfish proper; RIV'ER-DOL'PHIN, a Gangetic dolphin; RIV'ER-DRAG'ON (Milt.), a crocodile; RIV'ER-DUCK, a fresh-water duck; RIV'ERET, RIV'ERLING, a small river; RIV'ER-FLAT, alluvial land along a river; RIV'ER-GOD, the tutelary deity of a river; RIV'ER-HEAD, the spring of a river; RIV'ER-HOG, the capybara; RIV'ER-HORSE, the hippopotamus.--adj. RIV'ERINE, pertaining to, or resembling, a river.--ns. RIV'ER-JACK, the common water-snake of Europe; RIV'ER-MAN, one who makes his livelihood by dragging the river for sunken goods; RIVER-MUSS'EL, a fresh-water mussel; RIV'ER-OTT'ER, the common European otter; RIV'ER-PERCH, a Californian surf-fish; RIV'ER-PIE, the water-ousel; RIV'ER-SHORE, the shore or bank of a river; RIV'ER-SIDE, the bank of a river; RIV'ER-SMELT, the gudgeon; RIV'ER-SNAIL, a pond snail; RIV'ER-SWALL'OW, the sand-martin; RIV'ER-TIDE, the tide from the sea rising or ebbing in a river; RIV'ER-TOR'TOISE, a soft-shelled turtle; RIV'ER-WALL, a wall made to confine the waters of a river within definite bounds.--adj. RIV'ERY, pertaining to rivers, like rivers. [Fr. rivière (It. riviera, shore, river)--Low L. riparia, a shore district--L. ripa, a bank.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  24. (for river see RIVE). Copious stream of water flowing in channel to sea or lake or marsh or another r. (the r. often prefixed to name, as the r. Thames); the boundary between life& death; copious flow or stream of (a r. of lava; rr. of blood, much bloodshed); (attrib., prefixed to many names of animals, plants, & things) living in, of, situated or used on, river (s); r.-BED (2); r.-god, mythological being dwelling in& personifying a r.; r.-horse, hippopotamus; riverside, ground along r.\'s bank (often attrib., as a r.-s. villa). Hence (-)rivered, riverless, aa. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  25. n. [French] A stream of water larger than a rivulet or brook flowing in a channel on land toward the ocean, a lake, or another river;— a copious flow; abundance. Cabinet Dictionary
  26. n. One who cleaves or splits. Cabinet Dictionary

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