Meaning of RIVER in English

/ ˈrɪvə(r); NAmE / noun


( abbr. R. ) a natural flow of water that continues in a long line across land to the sea / ocean :

the River Thames

the Hudson River

on the banks of the river (= the ground at the side of a river)

to travel up / down river (= in the opposite direction to / in the same direction as the way in which the river is flowing)

the mouth of the river (= where it enters the sea / ocean)

Can we swim in the river ?

a boat on the river

They have a house on the river (= beside it) .


river (of sth) a large amount of liquid that is flowing in a particular direction :

Rivers of molten lava flowed down the mountain.


see sell verb



Middle English : from Anglo-Norman French , based on Latin riparius , from ripa bank of a river.

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