from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The water of a river, as distinguished from rain-water, springwater, etc.


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  • The new complex will include a smaller river-water plant to reduce the impact on the wildlife in the Hudson, and instead will take much of its electricity from the fuel cells, which use a chemical process to convert natural gas to electricity.

    WTC Taps Fuel Cells

  • A spokesman for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the state entity that oversaw both the berm construction and the river-water release, said it is "obvious" that the state's fresh-water releases reduced salinity in the oyster beds.

    Fresh Water Aimed at Oil Kills Oysters

  • E.g., if I own a factory that fouls the river-water some people need, foreseeing but not positively "intending" the pollution, I can still be held to intend the pollution by omission if it is practically possible for me either to deal with the waste by-products by a safer means or, if not, to earn a living by some other means.


  • Captain and Engineer are up the ladder as if they had been blown up by the boilers bursting, and go as one man for the brandy bottle; and they wanted it if ever man did; for remember that hippo had been dead and in the warm river-water for more than a week.

    Travels in West Africa

  • Yet at Boma the residents prefer a spring near the factories, and attribute dysentery to the use of river-water.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • For the feeding is more abundant and better in quality owing to the amount of fresh river-water that discharges into the sea, and moreover, the large fishes of this inland sea are smaller than the large fishes of the outer sea.

    The History of Animals

  • The most popular beverage was river-water filtered through five layers of canvas, surely an unheard of situation in any roadside inn!

    The Misenchanted Sword

  • Nor was there any trace of a large bundle wrapped in sacking and probably damp from seeping river-water, which had almost certainly spent the night under that bleached pile, or the small boat which should have been turned down upon it and carefully covered over.

    One Corpse Too Many

  • Mattra, which lies immediately on the western bank of the river, stands next to Benares among the holy cities of the Hindus: here both the soil and the river-water are consecrated, for this was the birthplace of Krishna, or, more properly speaking, the scene of that avatar of Vishnu which is known as Krishna.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 099, March, 1876

  • This Venus bore down, her shape girt in a dim halo; this she steeps with secret healing in the river-water poured out and sparkling abrim, and sprinkles life-giving juice of ambrosia and scented balm.

    The Aeneid of Virgil


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