Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A torrent or flood: "engulfed by the Niagara of Americanisms that flowed over them” ( Wall Street Journal).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A river (the Niagara River) which flows from Lake Erie, over Niagara Falls into Lake Ontario; the geographical region of the United States and Canada in proximity to this river.
  • proper n. A town in New York state.
  • n. A flood, torrent, or outpouring, especially one of massive proportions.
  • n. A Niagara grape.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large flow, used figuratively.
  • proper n. A large waterfall on the Niagara River near Buffalo remarkable for the volume and constancy of the water flowing over it. That part of the waterfall in Canada is the Horseshoe Falls; the U. S. portion is called the American Falls.
  • proper n. A river flowing from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, which forms the boundary between Ontario and New York.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a river flowing from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario; forms boundary between Ontario and New York
  • n. waterfall in Canada is the Horseshoe Falls; in the United States it is the American Falls

Etymologies

(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From an Iroquoian language; compare Mohawk ohnyá:kara' ("neck of land"). The name of the tribe which resided in the area was recorded on early maps as Onguiarahronon or Niagagarega. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The _Reminiscences_ of Mrs.J. G. Currie, born at Niagara in 1829 and living there at the time of the trouble, are printed in the _Niagara Hist.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919

  • NIAGARA FALLS - Erie and Niagara counties have been added to the quarantine list in an effort to stem the spread of a pesky beetle that attacks and kills ash trees.

    Niagara Gazette Homepage

  • NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Governor Paterson will be in Niagara falls Wednesday for a town hall meeting as he tries to solve some massive state budget problems.

    WIVB TV

  • NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Niagara county man, 34-year-old Brad Fisher, is charged with intentionally torching his own home.

    WIVB TV

  • NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Falls English teacher has agreed to resign and surrender his teaching certification as part of a plea bargain to charges that he had an improper relationship with a 16-year-old female student.

    The Buffalo News: Home

  • NIAGARA FALLS, ONT (WIVB) - Very few have taken a death defying plunge over the Niagara and lived to tell about it.

    WIVB TV

  • Everything in Niagara is parochial, and resources are so scarce, that I doubt there will ever be a meaningful regional transit initiative.

    » GO expands its empire as coach operators retreat • Spacing Toronto • understanding the urban landscape

  • Organized labour in Niagara is unlikely to forget this flip flop.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • What do you do if those ubiquitous bus loads and limo trains tend to bring out the sweet drinkers (as is often the case here in Niagara)?

    Niagara Escarpment Wines

  • Mention ice wine and most everyone thinks of Canada and the Niagara Ice Wine Festival held each year in Niagara-On-The-Lake, now in its 14th year.

    New York Shows Off Its Ice Wine During the First New York Ice Wine Festival

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