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 for River
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  River \Riv"er\, n.
     One who rives or splits.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  River \Riv"er\, n. [F. riv[`e]re a river, LL. riparia river,
     bank of a river, fr. L. riparius belonging to a bank or
     shore, fr. ripa a bank or shore; of uncertain origin. Cf.
     Arrive, Riparian.]
     1. A large stream of water flowing in a bed or channel and
        emptying into the ocean, a sea, a lake, or another stream;
        a stream larger than a rivulet or brook.
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              Transparent and sparkling rivers, from which it is
              delightful to drink as they flow.     --Macaulay.
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     2. Fig.: A large stream; copious flow; abundance; as, rivers
        of blood; rivers of oil.
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     River chub (Zool.), the hornyhead and allied species of
        fresh-water fishes.
  
     River crab (Zool.), any species of fresh-water crabs of the
        genus Thelphusa, as Thelphusa depressa of Southern
        Europe.
  
     River dragon, a crocodile; -- applied by Milton to the king
        of Egypt.
  
     River driver, a lumberman who drives or conducts logs down
        rivers. --Bartlett.
  
     River duck (Zool.), any species of duck belonging to
        Anas, Spatula, and allied genera, in which the hind
        toe is destitute of a membranous lobe, as in the mallard
        and pintail; -- opposed to sea duck.
  
     River god, a deity supposed to preside over a river as its
        tutelary divinity.
  
     River herring (Zool.), an alewife.
  
     River hog. (Zool.)
        (a) Any species of African wild hogs of the genus
            Potamoch[oe]rus. They frequent wet places along the
            rivers.
        (b) The capybara.
  
     River horse (Zool.), the hippopotamus.
  
     River jack (Zool.), an African puff adder ({Clotho
        nasicornis) having a spine on the nose.
  
     River limpet (Zool.), a fresh-water, air-breathing mollusk
        of the genus Ancylus, having a limpet-shaped shell.
  
     River pirate (Zool.), the pike.
  
     River snail (Zool.), any species of fresh-water gastropods
        of Paludina, Melontho, and allied genera. See Pond
        snail, under Pond.
  
     River tortoise (Zool.), any one of numerous fresh-water
        tortoises inhabiting rivers, especially those of the genus
        Trionyx and allied genera. See Trionyx.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  River \Riv"er\, v. i.
     To hawk by the side of a river; to fly hawks at river fowl.
     [Obs.] --Halliwell.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  river
      n 1: a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek); "the
           river was navigable for 50 miles"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  55 Moby Thesaurus words for "river":
     Niagara, adolescent stream, arroyo, beck, bourn, braided stream,
     branch, brook, brooklet, burn, cascade, cataract, channel, creek,
     crick, deluge, estuary, flood, flow, flowing stream, fluviation,
     fresh, freshet, gill, kill, lazy stream, meandering stream,
     midchannel, midstream, millstream, moving road, navigable river,
     pour, quantity, race, racing stream, rill, rivulet, run, rundle,
     runlet, runnel, sike, spate, spill stream, stream, stream action,
     streamlet, subterranean river, torrent, tributary, wadi,
     watercourse, waterflood, waterway
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  River
     (1.) Heb. 'aphik, properly the channel or ravine that holds
     water (2 Sam. 22:16), translated "brook," "river," "stream," but
     not necessarily a perennial stream (Ezek. 6:3; 31:12; 32:6;
     34:13).
     
       (2.) Heb. nahal, in winter a "torrent," in summer a "wady" or
     valley (Gen. 32:23; Deut. 2:24; 3:16; Isa. 30:28; Lam. 2:18;
     Ezek. 47:9).
     
       These winter torrents sometimes come down with great
     suddenness and with desolating force. A distinguished traveller
     thus describes his experience in this matter:, "I was encamped
     in Wady Feiran, near the base of Jebel Serbal, when a tremendous
     thunderstorm burst upon us. After little more than an hour's
     rain, the water rose so rapidly in the previously dry wady that
     I had to run for my life, and with great difficulty succeeded in
     saving my tent and goods; my boots, which I had not time to pick
     up, were washed away. In less than two hours a dry desert wady
     upwards of 300 yards broad was turned into a foaming torrent
     from 8 to 10 feet deep, roaring and tearing down and bearing
     everything upon it, tangled masses of tamarisks, hundreds of
     beautiful palmtrees, scores of sheep and goats, camels and
     donkeys, and even men, women, and children, for a whole
     encampment of Arabs was washed away a few miles above me. The
     storm commenced at five in the evening; at half-past nine the
     waters were rapidly subsiding, and it was evident that the flood
     had spent its force." (Comp. Matt. 7:27; Luke 6:49.)
     
       (3.) Nahar, a "river" continuous and full, a perennial stream,
     as the Jordan, the Euphrates (Gen. 2:10; 15:18; Deut. 1:7; Ps.
     66:6; Ezek. 10:15).
     
       (4.) Tel'alah, a conduit, or water-course (1 Kings 18:32; 2
     Kings 18:17; 20:20; Job 38:25; Ezek. 31:4).
     
       (5.) Peleg, properly "waters divided", i.e., streams divided,
     throughout the land (Ps. 1:3); "the rivers [i.e., 'divisions']
     of waters" (Job 20:17; 29:6; Prov. 5:16).
     
       (6.) Ye'or, i.e., "great river", probably from an Egyptian
     word (Aur), commonly applied to the Nile (Gen. 41:1-3), but also
     to other rivers (Job 28:10; Isa. 33:21).
     
       (7.) Yubhal, "a river" (Jer. 17:8), a full flowing stream.
     
       (8.) 'Ubhal, "a river" (Dan. 8:2).
     

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RIVER. A natural collection of waters, arising from springs or fountains, 
  which flow in a bed or canal of considerable width and length, towards the 
  sea. 
       2. Rivers may be considered as public or private. 
       3. Public rivers are those in which the public have an interest. 
       4. They are either navigable, which, technically understood, signifies 
  such rivers in which the tide flows; or not navigable. The soil or bed of 
  such a navigable river, understood in this sense, belongs not to the 
  riparian proprietor, but to the public. 3 Caines' Rep. 307; 10 John. R. 236; 
  17 John. R. 151; 20 John. R. 90; 5 Wend. R. 423; 6 Cowen, R. 518; 14 Serg. & 
  Rawle, 9; 1 Rand. Rep. 417; 3 Rand. R. 33; 3 Greenl. R. 269; 2 Conn. R. 481; 
  5 Pick. 199. 
       5. Public rivers, not navigable, are those which belong to the people 
  in general, as public highways. The soil of these rivers belongs generally, 
  to the riparian owner, but the public have the use of the stream, and the 
  authors of nuisances and impediments over such a stream are indictable. Ang. 
  on Water Courses, 202; Davies' Rep. 152; Callis on Sewers, 78; 4 Burr. 2162. 
       6. By the ordinance of 1787, art. 4, relating to the northwestern 
  territory, it is provided that the navigable waters, leading into the 
  Mississippi and St. Lawrence, and the carrying places between the same, 
  shall be common highways, and forever free. 3 Story, L. U. S. 2077. 
       7. A private river, is one so naturally obstructed, that there is no 
  passage for boats; for if it be capable of being so navigated, the public 
  may use its waters. 1 McCord's Rep. 580. The soil in general belongs to the 
  riparian proprietors. (q.v.) A river, then, may be considered, 1st. As 
  private, in the case of shallow and obstructed streams. 2d. As private 
  property, but subject to public use, when it can be navigated; and, 3d. As 
  public, both with regard to its use and property. Some rivers possess all 
  these qualities. The Hudson is mentioned as an instance; in one part it is 
  entirely private property; in another the public have the use of it; and it 
  is public property from the mouth as high up as the tide flows. Ang. Wat. 
  Co. 205, 6. 
       8. In Pennsylvania, it has been held that the great rivers of that 
  state, as the Susquehanna, belong to the public, and that the riparian 
  proprietor does not own the bed or canal. 2 Binn. R. 75; 14 Serg. & Rawle, 
  71. Vide, generally, Civ. Code of Lo. 444; Bac. Ab. Prerogatives, B 3; 7 
  Com. Dig. 291; 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 170; Merl. Repert, h.t.; Jacobsen's Sea 
  Laws, 417; 2 Hill. Abr. c. 13; 2 Fairf. R. 278 3 Ohio Rep. 496; 6 Mass. R. 
  435; 15 John. R. 447; 1 Pet. C. C. Rep. 64; 1 Paige's Rep. 448; 3 Dane's R. 
  4; 7 Mass. Rep. 496; 17 Mass. Rep. 289; 5 Greenl. R. 69; 10 Wend. R. 260; 
  Kames, Eq. 38; 6 Watts & Serg. 101. As to the boundaries of rivers, see 
  Metc. & Perk. Dig. Boundaries, IV.; as to the grant of a river, see 5 Cowen, 
  216; Co. Litt. 4 b; Com. Dig. Grant, E 5. 
  
  

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