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n. pl. dis·trib·u·tar·ies
A branch of a river that flows away from the main stream.
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(dɪˈstrɪbjʊtərɪ; -trɪ)
n, pl -taries
(Physical Geography) one of several outlet streams draining a river, esp on a delta
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(dɪˈstrɪb yʊˌtɛr i)

n., pl. -tar•ies.
an outflowing branch of a stream or river, typically found in a delta.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.distributary - a branch of a river that flows away from the main stream and does not rejoin it
branch - a stream or river connected to a larger one
confluent, tributary, affluent, feeder - a branch that flows into the main stream
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n (Geog) → Nebenarm m, → Flussarm meines Deltas
adjVerteiler-; distributary networkVerteilernetz nt
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In his petition, Mir Mohammad Talpur stated that his and his wife's land were connected with watercourses of Ahmed Rajo distributary in Golarchi-Guni canal division of Kotri Barrage.
According to a handout issued by the Information department, the Executive Engineer Nusrat Division announced that supply of water to the Dewanabad minor, Sahelo minor, Jaam Sahab distributary
One more sack-packed dead body was found in Gujrat Distributary near Chillianwala Railway Station.
According to a hand out issued here, Teri minor, Chhanri distributary of Padidan sub division and right Jari minor and left Jari minor of Nawabshah sub division two while Kiaryoon and Dhoro Naro minors of Nawabshah sub division one will remain closed from November 10 to 17.
One distributary in each of the two provinces is studied as the reference distributary, where FOs have already been formed.
Inquiry be ordered against substandard work of lining work of canals and distributaries and ensure water supply till tail end abadgars including Kherao, Doso minor, Mirpur distry, Sanhro distributary, Lakhakhi minor etc.
Meanwhile, farmers have called upon the government to take necessary measures for repairing distributary channel-11 to get adequate water from Gomal Zam dam for irrigating agricultural land.
Under the agreement FO Bhan will spend Rs 8.4 million on the rehabilitation of Khahi distributary, Pathoro Minor and Bhan Minor located in Jhuddo Tehsil of Mirpurkhas district.
In recent years, policy-makers have realized the necessity of organising farmers at the minor and distributary level to better control the distribution of water.

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