See also: River

EnglishEdit

 
A river

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English ryver, river, rivere, from Anglo-Norman rivere, from Old French riviere, from Vulgar Latin *rīpāria (riverbank, seashore, river), from Latin rīpārius (of a riverbank), from Latin rīpa (river bank), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁reyp- (to scratch, tear, cut). Compare West Frisian rivier (river), Dutch rivier (river), Middle Low German rivêr (river), Middle High German rivier (brook, stream), Middle High German rivier, riviere, revier ("district"; > German Revier (area, territory, district)). Doublet of rivière and riviera.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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, oftentimes ending in another body of water, such as an ocean or in an inland sea.
    • 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.
    • 2013 June 29, “High and wet”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 28:
      Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers, washing away roads, bridges, hotels and even whole villages. Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.
    Occasionally rivers overflow their banks and cause floods.
  2. Any large flow of a liquid in a single body.
    a river of blood
  3. (poker) The last card dealt in a hand.
  4. (typography) A visually undesirable effect of white space running down a page, caused by spaces between words on consecutive lines happening to coincide.
Usage notesEdit
  • As with the names of lakes and mountains, the names of rivers are typically formed by adding the word before or after the unique term: the River Thames or the Yangtze River. Generally speaking, names formed using adjectives or attributives see river added to the end, as with the Yellow River. It is less common to add river before names than it is with lakes, but many of the rivers of Britain are written that way, as with the River Severn; indeed, British English tends to use "River X" in such cases while American, South African, Australian and New Zealand English use "X River". The former derives from the earlier but now uncommon form river of ~: the 19th century River of Jordan is now usually simply the River Jordan.
  • It is common to preface the proper names of rivers with the article the.
Derived termsEdit
Related termsEdit
DescendantsEdit
  • Finnish: river (river (in poker))
  • Sranan Tongo: liba
TranslationsEdit

See river/translations § Noun.

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VerbEdit

river (third-person singular simple present rivers, present participle rivering, simple past and past participle rivered)

  1. (poker) To improve one’s hand to beat another player on the final card in a poker game.
    Johnny rivered me by drawing that ace of spades.

Etymology 2Edit

rive +‎ -er

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

river (plural rivers)

  1. One who rives or splits.

ReferencesEdit


DanishEdit

NounEdit

river c

  1. indefinite plural of rive

VerbEdit

river

  1. present of rive

FinnishEdit

EtymologyEdit

< English river

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈriʋer/, [ˈriʋe̞r]
  • Rhymes: -iʋer
  • Syllabification: ri‧ver

NounEdit

river

  1. (poker) river (fifth communal card in Texas hold'em)

DeclensionEdit

Inflection of river (Kotus type 6/paperi, no gradation)
nominative river riverit
genitive riverin riverien
rivereiden
rivereitten
partitive riveriä rivereitä
riverejä
illative riveriin rivereihin
singular plural
nominative river riverit
accusative nom. river riverit
gen. riverin
genitive riverin riverien
rivereiden
rivereitten
partitive riveriä rivereitä
riverejä
inessive riverissä rivereissä
elative riveristä rivereistä
illative riveriin rivereihin
adessive riverillä rivereillä
ablative riveriltä rivereiltä
allative riverille rivereille
essive riverinä rivereinä
translative riveriksi rivereiksi
instructive riverein
abessive riverittä rivereittä
comitative rivereineen
Possessive forms of river (type paperi)
possessor singular plural
1st person riverini riverimme
2nd person riverisi riverinne
3rd person riverinsä

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From a Germanic source (compare Danish rive).

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

river

  1. to drive/set a rivet

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LatinEdit

VerbEdit

rīver

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of rīvō

Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

river

  1. Alternative form of ryver

Norwegian BokmålEdit

NounEdit

river m or f

  1. indefinite plural of rive

VerbEdit

river

  1. present of rive

Norwegian NynorskEdit

NounEdit

river f

  1. indefinite plural of rive

VerbEdit

river

  1. (non-standard since 2012) present tense of riva and rive

SwedishEdit

VerbEdit

river

  1. present tense of riva.

AnagramsEdit