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

  • A river, about 257 km (160 mi) long, of southeast Ontario, Canada, flowing southwest to Lake St. Clair. In the War of 1812 Gen. William Henry Harrison defeated British and Native American forces in the Battle of the Thames (October 5, 1813).
  • A river of southern England flowing about 338 km (210 mi) eastward to a wide estuary on the North Sea. Navigable for large ships as far as London, it is the principal commercial waterway of the country. In its upper course above Oxford it is often called Isis.

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  • proper n. River in southern England flowing 336 km (209 mi.) through London to the North Sea.
  • proper n. River in Ontario province, Canada, flowing 258 km (160 mi.) to Lake St. Clair.
  • proper n. Estuary in the U.S. State of Connecticut flowing 24 km (15 mi.) past New London to Long Island Sound.

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  • n. the longest river in England; flows eastward through London to the North Sea


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From Middle English Temese, from Latin Tamesis, ultimately of Celtic origin. The letter h was mistakenly inserted during the Renaissance, to make the word appear as if it was derived from Greek. The pronunciation, though, did not change to /θ/.


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  • We were in his office at Lambeth Palace, a brick pile across the Thames from the Houses of Parliament, and a place appealingly free of pomp and circumstance.

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  • Her hair was pulled back behind her ears, and her fingers were long, smudged with ink and with dirt under the nails as if she had been digging in Thames mud.

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  • I was at the bridge where this happened, I happened to be passing and saw all the commotion, and can tell you that the Thames is running faster and higher than normal, and even if I could swim (I cant) I dont think I would have been brave enough to go in. on December 11, 2007 at 10: 41 pm | Reply JOCKtheCOP

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  • John Burns turned to her and said, "Ah, my dear lady, you may talk of your Hudson, your Colorado and your Mississippi, but this old Thames is liquid history."

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  • Where, for instance, throughout its course do you ever hear the Thames spoken of as "Thames" -- as if it was a person, which no doubt it is?

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  • If there was no likelihood of his "setting the Thames on fire," his Father had said once, "there was even less fear of his setting the _house_ on fire," and though Willie did not quite understand about the "Thames" -- how could a _river_ burn?

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  • It would connect to the high-speed rail link built for the Channel tunnel and provide tens of thousands of jobs for the never-quite-achieved revitalisation of the area known as the Thames Gateway.

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