a river in W Europe, flowing from N France through W Belgium and SW Netherlands into the North Sea. 270 miles (435 km) long.
- Flemish Schel·de [skhel-duh]. /ˈsxɛl də/.
- French Escaut.
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How to use Scheldt in a sentence
The presence in force of the German element on the banks of the Scheldt is the most striking feature of modern Antwerp.
The wharves on the banks of the noble River Scheldt were mere heaps of rotten timber.
England was about to recognize the Republic when this question of Holland and the Scheldt made war inevitable.
The forts and ramparts were armed with nearly 300 heavy guns, and in the Scheldt, close to the town, were nine ships of war.
The mouth of the Scheldt is still where it was in the days of Napoleon—opposite the mouth of the Thames.
British Dictionary definitions for Scheldt
a river in W Europe, rising in NE France and flowing north and northeast through W Belgium to Antwerp, then northwest to the North Sea in the SW Netherlands. Length: 435 km (270 miles): Flemish and Dutch name: Schelde (ˈsxɛldɛ) French name: Escaut
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