- a river in E Africa, the longest in the world, flowing N from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean. 3473 miles (5592 km) long; from the headwaters of the Kagera River, 4000 miles (6440 km) long.
Examples from the Web for nile
The last time there was a raid of this scale was in 2001, when 52 men were arrested on Queen Boat, a floating disco on the Nile.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
December 30, 2014
Back in 2001, 52 gay men were arrested on a party boat on the Nile and tried for “public depravity”.Al-Sisi’s Egypt Is Worse For Gays Than The Muslim Brotherhood
June 28, 2014
Without the Nile,” declares Wilkinson, “there would be no Egypt.
Instead, it will be because the Nile and the history it has engendered still manage to stir something in all of us.
I live in Zamalek, which is on an island in the middle of the Nile.Literary City: Ahdaf Soueif’s Cairo
February 7, 2014
The fame of the Nile valley must have spread at an early date.
The Nile was directly responsible for this useful development.
Then he called for his servants and ordered them to throw the coffin into the Nile.
The battle was disastrous for the Egyptians and the valley of the Nile was open to the invaders.
Were I to reach the sources of the Nile, I should expect to meet him there.Monsieur du Muroir (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- a river in Africa, rising in S central Burundi in its remotest headstream, the Luvironza: flows into Lake Victoria and leaves the lake as the Victoria Nile, flowing to Lake Albert, which is drained by the Albert Nile, becoming the White Nile at Lake No, then flowing through South Sudan; joined by its chief tributary, the Blue Nile (which rises near Lake Tana, Ethiopia) at Khartoum, and flows north to its delta on the Mediterranean; the longest river in the world. Length: (from the source of the Luvironza to the Mediterranean) 6741 km (4187 miles)
Word Origin and History for nile
one of the world's oldest surviving place names, from a Semitic root nahal "river." Unnamed in Old Testament, it is always merely "the river" (Hebrew yeor).