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1. Abbr. R. A large natural stream of water emptying into an ocean, lake, or other body of water and usually fed along its course by converging tributaries.
2. A stream or abundant flow: a river of tears.
3. The fifth and last of the community cards in various poker games, especially Texas hold'em.
tr.v. riv·ered, riv·er·ing, riv·ers
To win a hand in poker by beating (someone) on the basis of the last community card that is turned up.
up the river Slang
In or into prison.

[Middle English rivere, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *rīpāria, from Latin, feminine of rīpārius, of a bank, from rīpa, bank.]


 (rĭv′ərz), Larry 1923-2002.
American artist whose complex paintings combine the bold brushwork of abstract expressionism with realistic images.


(Placename) a state of S Nigeria, in the Niger river delta on the Gulf of Guinea. Capital: Port Harcourt. Pop: 5 185 400 (2006). Area: 11 077 sq km (4277 sq miles)


(ˈrɪv ərz)

Larry, born 1923, U.S. painter.


  • Mesopotamia - Translates to "area or country between two rivers"—the Tigris and the Euphrates.
  • potamology - The science of rivers.
  • fluminous, potamic - Two words meaning "pertaining to rivers" are fluminous and potamic.
  • watersmeet - A junction of two rivers.


See also lakes; sea; water.

1. the gradual depositing by a river of earth and other material on the banks.
2. also called alluvium. the material deposited.
1. the formation of rivers.
2. a river system.
Obsolete, the state or condition of being muddy or turbid. — lutulent, adj.
an instrument used for measuring the increase in the level of the River Nile during its flood period, consisting of a water chamber containing a graduated pillar. Also niloscope.
the study of rivers. — potamologist, n. — potamological, adj.
a morbid fear of rivers.
a dweller on the bank of a river. — riparian, adj.
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Probably by that time I had crossed so many rivers that I was dull to them.
Before these fields were shorn and till'd, Full to the brim our rivers flow'd; The melody of waters fill'd The fresh and boundless wood; And torrents dash'd, and rivulets play'd, And fountains spouted in the shade.
We continued our pursuit through five towns on the Miami rivers, Old Chelicothe, Pecaway, New Chelicothe, Will's Towns, and Chelicothe, burnt them all to ashes, entirely destroyed their corn, and other fruits, and every where spread a scene of desolation in the country.
Where the old land surveyor had put down woods, lakes, and rivers, they marked out the cleared spaces, and dotted the villages and towns, and calculated the progressively increasing value of the territory, as if there were yet a prospect of its ultimately forming a princedom for themselves.
But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans.
Chicago and its saloons and its slums fade away--there are green meadows and sunlit rivers, mighty forests and snowclad hills.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, and the rivers they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee; for I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour.
I know not how significant it is, or how far it is an evidence of singularity, that an individual should thus consent in his pettiest walk with the general movement of the race; but I know that something akin to the migratory instinct in birds and quadrupeds--which, in some instances, is known to have affected the squirrel tribe, impelling them to a general and mysterious movement, in which they were seen, say some, crossing the broadest rivers, each on its particular chip, with its tail raised for a sail, and bridging narrower streams with their dead--that something like the furor which affects the domestic cattle in the spring, and which is referred to a worm in their tails,--affects both nations and individuals, either perennially or from time to time.
Well, you know, when you perspire that way, in rivers, there comes a time when you -- when you -- well, when you itch.
He showed us the whole thing, on a relief-map, and we could see our route, with all its elevations and depressions, its villages and its rivers, as clearly as if we were sailing over it in a balloon.
These latter came out of a dozen rivers-- the Illinois, the Missouri, the Upper Mississippi, the Ohio, the Monongahela, the Tennessee, the Red River, the White River, and so on--and were bound every whither and stocked with every imaginable comfort or necessity, which the Mississippi's communities could want, from the frosty Falls of St.
In turn he took his place in the reading class and made a botch of it; then in the geography class and turned lakes into mountains, mountains into rivers, and rivers into continents, till chaos was come again; then in the spelling class, and got "turned down," by a succession of mere baby words, till he brought up at the foot and yielded up the pewter medal which he had worn with ostentation for months.

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