- a city in NE Illinois, near Chicago.
- a city in NE Ohio.
- a city in SW Michigan.
- a male given name, form of Neil.
- 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.
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Examples from the Web for niles
Niles, anticipation of the confirmation of their junction, 434.An Account of Timbuctoo and Housa Territories in the Interior of Africa
Abd Salam Shabeeny
Mr. Niles Meriwether gives the cost of materials and labor for an 8-in.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
They were now, he knew, between the two Niles, which joined their waters at Khartoum.The Dash for Khartoum
George Alfred Henty
Beyond Niles, in the middle of the highway, we found Wathope.The Scarlet Plague
The Egyptian Pro-consul lived in state at the confluence of the Niles.The River War
Winston S. Churchill
- 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 niles
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper