Meaning of RIVER in English

n.1 a copious natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea or a lake etc.

2 a copious flow (a river of lava; rivers of blood).

3 (attrib.) (in the names of animals, plants, etc.) living in or associated with the river.

Phrases and idioms:

river blindness a tropical disease of the skin caused by a parasitic worm, the larvae of which can migrate into the eye and cause blindness. river capture the diversion of the upper headwaters of a mountain stream into a more powerful one. sell down the river colloq. betray or let down.


rivered adj. (also in comb.). riverless adj.

Etymology: ME f. AF river, rivere, OF riviere river or river-bank ult. f. L riparius f. ripa bank

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.