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

  • A river of western Europe formed by the confluence of two tributaries in eastern Switzerland and flowing about 1,319 km (820 mi) north and northwest through Germany and the Netherlands to its two-pronged outlet on the North Sea. It is a major commercial shipping waterway linked by canals to other important European rivers and passes through a number of scenic valleys.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A river that flows through Switzerland, Germany, west Bavaria, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A water course; a ditch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A spelling of rine.

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

  • n. United States parapsychologist (1895-1980)
  • n. a major European river carrying more traffic than any other river in the world; flows into the North Sea

Etymologies

From Old English Rīn, from Proto-Germanic *Rīnaz, from Celtic. The spelling with Rh- is because of the influence of Ancient Greek Ῥῆνος (Rhēnos). (Wiktionary)

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