Origin of river1
Origin of river2
Examples from the Web for rivers
Hitchcock was our mountains and our rivers, curled permanently into our brainpans.
They seemed like a permanent part of the mindscape, the way mountains or rivers are part of the physical world.
But who cleans lakes and streams and rivers and makes them fishable and swimmable again?Democrats Are Petrified of Defending Government—but They Need to Start|Michael Tomasky|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Near the confluence of these two rivers a tiny bridge spans the gap connecting the Korengal with the Pech.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then again some comics like Rivers, Essman and Behar are blunt in their discussion of sexism.
Men go sighing on, drinking their rivers of pleasure and climbing their mountains of vanity.The Hart and the Water-Brooks;|John R. Macduff
Other children were thrown into rivers and those who could swim were shot down as they struggled in the water.With Our Soldiers in France|Sherwood Eddy
But do not the turnpikes, or fall-stops, with which these rivers are thickset, contravene also the rights of nature?
The presence of rivers is at once made evident by slanting the page and looking along its surface, across the lines.Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering|Edward Johnston
Rivers their uncle was beheaded; so were their half-brother Grey and many more of their mother's kinsmen and friends.The Children of Westminster Abbey|Rose G. Kingsley
- a large natural stream of fresh water flowing along a definite course, usually into the sea, being fed by tributary streams
- (as modifier)river traffic; a river basin
- (in combination)riverside; riverbed Related adjectives: fluvial, potamic
Word Origin for river
early 13c., from Anglo-French rivere, Old French riviere "river, riverside, river bank" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *riparia "riverbank, seashore, river" (cf. Spanish ribera, Italian riviera), noun use of fem. of Latin riparius "of a riverbank" (see riparian). Generalized sense of "a copious flow" of anything is from late 14c. The Old English word was ea "river," cognate with Gothic ahwa, Latin aqua (see aqua-). Romanic cognate words tend to retain the sense "river bank" as the main one, or else the secondary Latin sense "coast of the sea" (cf. Riviera).
U.S. slang phrase up the river "in prison" (1891) is originally in reference to Sing Sing prison, which was literally "up the (Hudson) river" from New York City. Phrase down the river "done for, finished" perhaps echoes sense in sell down the river (1851), originally of troublesome slaves, to sell from the Upper South to the harsher cotton plantations of the Deep South.
see sell down the river; up the river.