from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A river of the Czech Republic and Germany flowing about 1,165 km (725 mi) to the North Sea. It has been a major waterway since Roman times.

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  • proper noun A river of Europe that passes through the Czech Republic and Germany before flowing into the North Sea.

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  • noun a river in central Europe that arises in northwestern Czechoslovakia and flows northward through Germany to empty into the North Sea


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  • We should accept without any reservation, the view that the Canadian who fires his rifle in Korea or on the Elbe is defending his home as surely as if he were firing it on his own soil.

    Canadian Foreign Policy in a Two Power World

  • Perhaps the Danube and the Elbe are the best training grounds.

  • Perhaps the Danube and the Elbe are the best training grounds.

  • Ike considered the Elbe, which is a wide, unmistakable river, to be an ideal demarcation line.38

    General Ike

  • The Germanic peoples were established in Scandinavia (Denmark) and between the Elbe and Oder as early as the 2nd millennium B.C.E. Eastward lay the Balts (Letts), and the west of the Elbe were the Celts.

    c. Invaders of the West

  • Then the valley of the Elbe is a mass of white and pale green set against a background of yellow sandstone rocks and the sombre greens and purples of pine forests.

    From a Terrace in Prague

  • No doubt the Elbe was the road by which the Slavonic tribes poured into present-day

    From a Terrace in Prague

  • The Elbe is the chief river, and intersecting the eastern portion of the duchy, from east to west, receives at Rosslau the waters of the Mulde.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1

  • (Old) Boleslav, where Wenceslaus gained his degree of martyrdom, is a sedate little town near the banks of the Labe (known as Elbe in Germany) dozing among orchards and lush meadows and o'ershadowed by tall elm-trees.

    From a Terrace in Prague

  • The capital of the Kingdom of Saxony and the residence of the royal family, is situated on both sides of the Elbe, which is here crossed by five bridges, and is surrounded by pleasing heights.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy


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