Definitions for: River


[n] 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.



Webster (1913) Definition: Riv"er, n.
One who rives or splits.


Riv"er, n. [F. riv[`e]re 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.]
1. 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. --Macaulay.

2. Fig.: A large stream; copious flow; abundance; as, rivers
of blood; rivers of oil.

River chub (Zo["o]l.), the hornyhead and allied species of
fresh-water fishes.

River crab (Zo["o]l.), any species of fresh-water crabs of
the genus Thelphusa, as T. depressa of Southern
Europe.

River dragon, a crocodile; -- applied by Milton to the king
of Egypt.

River driver, a lumberman who drives or conducts logs down
rivers. --Bartlett.

River duck (Zo["o]l.), any species of duck belonging to
Anas, Spatula, and allied genera, in which the hind
toe is destitute of a membranous lobe, as in the mallard
and pintail; -- opposed to sea duck.

River god, a deity supposed to preside over a river as its
tutelary divinity.

River herring (Zo["o]l.), an alewife.

River hog. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) Any species of African wild hogs of the genus
Potamoch[oe]rus. They frequent wet places along the
rivers.
(b) The capybara.

River horse (Zo["o]l.), the hippopotamus.

River jack (Zo["o]l.), an African puff adder ({Clotho
nasicornis}) having a spine on the nose.

River limpet (Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water, air-breathing
mollusk of the genus Ancylus, having a limpet-shaped
shell.

River pirate (Zo["o]l.), the pike.

River snail (Zo["o]l.), any species of fresh-water
gastropods of Paludina, Melontho, and allied genera.
See Pond snail, under Pond.

River tortoise (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous fresh-water
tortoises inhabiting rivers, especially those of the genus
Trionyx and allied genera. See Trionyx.


Riv"er, v. i.
To hawk by the side of a river; to fly hawks at river fowl.
[Obs.] --Halliwell.

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