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[French sahn-bruh] /French ˈsɑ̃ brə/
a river in W Europe, flowing NE through N France and S Belgium into the Meuse at Namur: battle 1918. 120 miles (193 km) long. Unabridged
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  • The two armies met just south of Brussels, near Charleroi, where a main road crosses the Sambre.

    Battles of English History H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
  • Why, he had crossed the Sambre at every point the day before!

    First and Last H. Belloc
  • We pass the beautiful town of Dinant, and later on the larger fortified town of Namur, where the river is joined by the Sambre.

  • But he did choose it, and selected for the purpose the valleys of the Sambre and the Meuse.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • The successes of the Prussians and of the Austrian army, on the Sambre, saved the situation for a time.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • At the centre, near the Sambre, the campaign opened with promise, the British cavalry gaining a brilliant success at Bethencourt.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • The river Sambre is full of curves, and winds past Fesmy and Etreux.

    The Story of the Munsters Mrs Victor Rickard
  • Do you compare your army of the Sambre, your sans-culottes Republicans, with the Imperial troops?

  • The Sambre is a water route to the Borinage, and the Meuse a financial asset to any city.

    The Spell of Belgium Isabel Anderson
  • I believe that our armies of the Sambre and the Rhine never have any other notion of battles than that eternal flank movement!'

British Dictionary definitions for Sambre


/French sɑ̃brə/
a river in W Europe, rising in N France and flowing east into Belgium to join the Meuse at Namur. Length: 190 km (118 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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