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[dur-wuh nt]
  1. a river flowing N and W into Solway Firth, in N England. About 33 miles (53 km) long.
  2. a river flowing S and SE past Derby to the Trent, in central England. About 60 miles (95 km) long.
  3. a river flowing into the Ouse, in Yorkshire in NE England. About 57 miles (91 km) long.
  4. a river flowing NE to the Tyne, in N England. About 30 miles (48 km) long.
  5. a river in S Australia, in S Tasmania, flowing SE to the Tasman Sea. 107 miles (170 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for derwent

Historical Examples

  • Now and again young Derwent introduced some excitement into my dull life.

    The Stark Munro Letters

    J. Stark Munro

  • His brother, the Duke of Derwent, had eighty thousand a year.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • I have just got a letter from Derwent, in which he says the thing is impossible.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • And Jess, the wiry black-and-tan, is the favorite of the men of of the Derwent and Dove.

    Bob, Son of Battle

    Alfred Ollivant

  • But with what we now have, if we can get that from 'Derwent,' we shall do very well.

British Dictionary definitions for derwent


  1. a river in S Australia, in S Tasmania, flowing southeast to the Tasman Sea. Length: 172 km (107 miles)
  2. a river in N central England, in N Derbyshire, flowing southeast to the River Trent. Length: 96 km (60 miles)
  3. a river in N England, in Yorkshire, rising on the North York Moors and flowing south to the River Ouse. Length: 92 km (57 miles)
  4. a river in NW England, in Cumbria, rising on the Borrowdale Fells and flowing north and west to the Irish Sea. Length: 54 km (34 miles)
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