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

  • A region of northwest Germany along and north of the Ruhr River, which flows about 235 km (145 mi) westward to the Rhine River near Duisburg. The industrial development of the region began in the 1800s.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A branch of the river Rhine and its basin.
  • proper noun An urban area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

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

  • noun a tributary of the Rhine
  • noun a major industrial and coal mining region in the valley of the Ruhr river in northwestern Germany


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