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creek n 1: a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river); "the creek dried up every summer" [syn: {brook}] 2: any member of the Creek Confederacy (especially the Muskogee) formerly living in Georgia and Alabama but now chiefly in Oklahoma

94 Moby Thesaurus words for "creek": adolescent stream, arm, armlet, arroyo, bay, bayou, beck, belt, bight, boca, bourn, braided stream, branch, brook, brooklet, burn, channel, cove, crawl, creep, crick, ditch, edge, estuary, euripus, fjord, flowing stream, fluviation, fresh, freshet, frith, gill, glide, gulf, gumshoe, gut, harbor, inch, inlet, kill, kyle, lazy stream, loch, lurk, meandering stream, midchannel, midstream, millstream, mouse, mouth, moving road, narrow, narrow seas, narrows, natural harbor, navigable river, pussyfoot, race, racing stream, reach, rill, river, rivulet, road, roads, roadstead, run, rundle, runlet, runnel, shirk, sike, skulk, slide, slink, slip, slither, snake, sneak, sniggle, sound, spill stream, steal, strait, straits, stream, stream action, streamlet, subterranean river, tiptoe, wadi, watercourse, waterway, wriggle

Creek \Creek\ (kr[=e]k), n. [AS. crecca; akin to D. kreek, Icel. kriki crack, nook; cf. W. crig crack, crigyll ravine, creek. Cf. {Crick}, {Crook}.] 1. A small inlet or bay, narrower and extending further into the land than a cove; a recess in the shore of the sea, or of a river. [1913 Webster] Each creek and cavern of the dangerous shore. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] They discovered a certain creek, with a shore. --Acts xxvii. 39. [1913 Webster] 2. A stream of water smaller than a river and larger than a brook. [1913 Webster] Lesser streams and rivulets are denominated creeks. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 3. Any turn or winding. [1913 Webster] The passages of alleys, creeks, and narrow lands. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Creeks \Creeks\ (kr[=e]ks), n. pl.; sing. {Creek}. (Ethnol.) A tribe or confederacy of North American Indians, including the Muskogees, Seminoles, Uchees, and other subordinate tribes. They formerly inhabited Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. [1913 Webster]


A river is a natural watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, a lake, a sea, or another river.

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

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

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. [1913 Webster] Transparent and sparkling rivers, from which it is delightful to drink as they flow. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: A large stream; copious flow; abundance; as, rivers of blood; rivers of oil. [1913 Webster] {River chub} (Zo["o]l.), the hornyhead and allied species of fresh-water fishes. {River crab} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), an alewife. {River hog}. (Zo["o]l.) (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} (Zo["o]l.), the hippopotamus. {River jack} (Zo["o]l.), an African puff adder ({Clotho nasicornis}) having a spine on the nose. {River limpet} (Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water, air-breathing mollusk of the genus {Ancylus}, having a limpet-shaped shell. {River pirate} (Zo["o]l.), the pike. {River snail} (Zo["o]l.), any species of fresh-water gastropods of {Paludina}, {Melontho}, and allied genera. See {Pond snail}, under {Pond}. {River tortoise} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous fresh-water tortoises inhabiting rivers, especially those of the genus {Trionyx} and allied genera. See {Trionyx}. [1913 Webster]

River \Riv"er\, n. One who rives or splits. [1913 Webster]

River \Riv"er\, v. i. To hawk by the side of a river; to fly hawks at river fowl. [Obs.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

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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).

Data Sources:

  • creek: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • creek: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • creek: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • creek: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • river: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • river: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • river: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • river: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • river: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • river: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • river: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

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