from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An opening or mouth, as of a river or stream.
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- n. The outward opening of a river, valley, or strait.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The outward opening of a river, of a valley, or of a strait.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mouth, opening out, or outlet; specifically, the opening out of a stream as it emerges from a confined valley or gorge upon an open valley or broad plain, or the junction between the narrow and the broad portion of a valley: also applied to the zone of change from a mountain track of high gradient to a plains track of much lower gradient and consequent decrease of load.
I now struck off towards the debouchure of the river; but I found that the country, though seemingly quite flat, was intersected by deep ravines, which did not show themselves until nearly approached.
The next morning I reached the debouchure of the Jordan, where I had hoped to find a bar of sand that might render its passage possible.
Ingenium contended that the Congo or Zaire was the Nigerian debouchure.
We presently passed on the right bank the debouchure of the Wady Ruways, and left there a guard to direct the caravan, in case it should disobey orders, and march up to Umm Ámil.
Thence we ascended a little to descend again, we continued over a ravine at nearly the same level, for some time proceeding over undulated ground: on reaching the debouchure of the ravine into a larger one running north and south, we commenced to descend rapidly until we came to an elevation situated above Tongsa, to this place the descent was excessively steep.
On that portion of the Kayan called Brem-Brem the river presents a formidable array of kihams which defeated the government's attempt to establish communication between Apo Kayan and the debouchure of the river.
Should the northern branch which was seen to join amongst the ana-branches near its debouchure prove to be the larger stream, that followed by the party might still retain the name of "the Ferguson," given to it by the Brothers, in honor of the governor of Queensland.
The withered little old woman and the rosy-cheeked girl who were rowing, bent to their oars and pulled with all their might; but, having crossed the debouchure of the river, declared themselves unable to pull us round the headland.
Upon reaching its debouchure on the Gulf coast, the termini of the two voyages would be united.
Four miles from Jug Island the wide debouchure of Blue Creek came into view, with an unoccupied fishing - shanty on each side of its mouth.