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winterbourne

[win-ter-bawrn, -bohrn, -boo rn] /ˈwɪn tərˌbɔrn, -ˌboʊrn, -ˌbʊərn/
noun
1.
a channel filled only at a time of excessive rainfall.
Origin of winterbourne
950
before 950; Old English winterburna (not recorded in ME). See winter, burn2
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  • It seemed to winterbourne that he had been in a manner presented.

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  • winterbourne fancied there was a tremor in her voice; he was touched, shocked, mortified by it.

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  • "I am afraid your mother doesn't see you," said winterbourne.

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  • "I never was better pleased in my life," murmured winterbourne.

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  • "I told you I should come, you know," winterbourne rejoined, smiling.

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  • "Ah, wait a little, and you will become very fond of it," said winterbourne.

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  • By this time Daisy had turned her attention again to winterbourne.

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  • Mrs. Walker was silent a moment; she gave a rapid glance at winterbourne.

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  • winterbourne was watching the young girl; at this question his attention quickened.

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  • She stood there, smiling and smoothing her bonnet ribbons; she glanced at winterbourne.

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British Dictionary definitions for winterbourne

winterbourne

/ˈwɪntəˌbɔːn/
noun
1.
a stream flowing only after heavy rainfall, esp in winter
Word Origin
Old English winterburna; see winter, burn²
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