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

  • A river of western Europe rising in eastern Switzerland and flowing about 1,320 km (820 mi) north and northwest through Germany and the Netherlands to the North Sea. A major route for travel and commercial shipping, it has historically been of great economic and military importance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A spelling of rine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. A water course; a ditch.

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

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

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


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


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