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 (stour, sto͝or, stôr)
A river, about 70 km (45 mi) long, of southeast England emptying into the North Sea in two channels enclosing the Isle of Thanet.


(staʊə) or


1. turmoil or conflict
2. dust; a cloud of dust
[C14: from Old French estour armed combat, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German sturm storm]


1. (Placename) Also called: Great Stour a river in S England, in Kent, rising in the Weald and flowing N to the North Sea: separates the Isle of Thanet from the mainland
2. (Placename) any of several smaller rivers in England
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The valley of the Stour is beyond, unaccountable stream, dirty at Blandford, pure at Wimborne--the Stour, sliding out of fat fields, to marry the Avon beneath the tower of Christchurch.
Frome was forced inward towards Dorchester, Stour against Wimborne, Avon towards Salisbury, and over the immense displacement the sun presided, leading it to triumph ere he sank to rest.
Him the pleasant banks of sweetly-winding Stour had nourished, where he first learnt the vocal art, with which, wandering up and down at wakes and fairs, he cheered the rural nymphs and swains, when upon the green they interweaved the sprightly dance; while he himself stood fiddling and jumping to his own music.
Archers from the New Forest and the Forest of Bere, billmen from the pleasant country which is watered by the Stour, the Avon, and the Itchen, young cavaliers from the ancient Hampshire houses, all were pushing for Christchurch to take service under the banner of the five scarlet roses.
Stour and replaced by another head of Saint Dennis, brought from Rome.
But the turning point came on eight minutes when Stour prop Chad Thorne was sent off after being a victim of mistaken identity.
This was one of the hardest games all season and I felt really sorry for them,'' said Stour director of rugby Neil Mitchell.
The River Stour, which runs along much of the Suffolk/Essex border, will be utilised this weekend by up to 300 canoes and kayaks as dedicated paddlers navigate some 22 miles, through up to 18 portages from Sudbury, through Constable Country all the way to the coast at Cattawade.
It was a day for veterans to celebrate and lock Dave Guthrie played his final game after 450 appearances and 15 years as Blaydon captain, while Jon Hall added the outright try scoring record to his Stour appearance record.
Locals will be dressing up, an inflatable lifeboat will sail along the River Stour and, if town centre space allows, a beach may appear near a huge pool of water where model boats will be raced.
Virtually every adult on Papa Stour, population 24, has been called to give evidence at the court case on Shetland's mainland.
TYNEDALE 52 STOURBRIDGE 29 SECOND-placed Stour suffered a disastrous second half at title rivals Tynedale having led 29-17 at half time.