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(1)   A large natural stream of water (larger than a creek)
"The river was navigable for 50 miles"



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  1. A large and often winding stream which drains a land mass, carrying water down from higher areas to a lower point, ending at an ocean or in an inland sea. Occasionally rivers overflow their banks and cause floods.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spell-bound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.
  2. Any large flow of a liquid in a single body (e.g., 'a river of blood').
  3. The last card dealt in a hand.


  1. To improve one’s hand to beat another player on the final card in a poker game.
    Johnny rivered me by drawing that Ace of spades