Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To flow out or empty, as water from a channel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To pour out or discharge at the mouth, as a stream; hence, to vent; cast forth or eject.
  • To flow out, as at the mouth; become discharged; gain a vent: as, innumerable rivers disembogue into the ocean.
  • Nautical, to pass across, or out of the mouth of, a river, gulf, or bay, as a ship.

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

  • transitive verb To pour out or discharge at the mouth, as a stream; to vent; to discharge into an ocean, a lake, etc.
  • transitive verb rare To eject; to cast forth.
  • intransitive verb To become discharged; to flow out; to find vent; to pour out contents.

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

  • verb To come out into the open sea from a river etc.
  • verb To pour out, to debouch; to flow out through a narrow opening into a larger space.

Etymologies

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

[From Spanish desembogue, mouth of a river, from desembocar, to flow out : des-, reversal (from Latin dis-; see dis–) + embocar, to put into the mouth (en-, in from Latin in-; see in– + boca, mouth, from Latin bucca, cheek).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Spanish desembocar, from des- + embocar ("run into a creek or strait"), from boca ("mouth").

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