from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Making additions or yielding supplies; contributory.
- adj. Paid in tribute.
- adj. Paying tribute: a tributary colony.
- n. A stream that flows into a larger stream or other body of water.
- n. A ruler or nation that pays tribute.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A river that flows into a larger river or other body of water.
- n. A nation, state, or other entity that pays tribute.
- adj. Related to the paying of tribute.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Paying tribute to another, either from compulsion, as an acknowledgment of submission, or to secure protection, or for the purpose of purchasing peace.
- adj. Hence, subject; subordinate; inferior.
- adj. Paid in tribute.
- adj. Yielding supplies of any kind; serving to form or make up, a greater object of the same kind, as a part, branch, etc.; contributing.
- n. A ruler or state that pays tribute, or a stated sum, to a conquering power, for the purpose of securing peace and protection, or as an acknowledgment of submission, or for the purchase of security.
- n. A stream or river flowing into a larger river or into a lake; an affluent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Paying tribute; taxed or assessed by tribute.
- Of the nature of tribute; paid or due as tribute.
- Bringing accretions, supplies, aid, or the like; contributory; auxiliary; subsidiary; specifically, of streams, affluent.
- n. A person or a state that pays tribute; one who or that which pays a stated sum to a conquering power, in acknowledgment of submission, or for the purchase of peace, security, and protection.
- n. In geography, an affluent; a river or other body of water which contributes its stream to another river, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. paying tribute
- n. a branch that flows into the main stream
- adj. (of a stream) flowing into a larger stream
- adj. tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
In the spring and fall, bass tend to chase baitfish more actively, and whenever you encounter any type of surface activity, especially in tributary creeks, you're usually close to bass.
After due deliberation we decided that the best place to ford was a short distance above the junction of a tributary from the other side and opposite a sandbar which divided the river.
Assyria (compare Ho 7: 11), as Israel lately had done (2Ki 17: 4), after having revolted from Assyria, to whom they had been tributary from the times of Menahem (2Ki 15: 19).
From Wikipedia: A tributary is a stream or river which flows into a main stem (or parent) river.
Although the Angara is five times as large as the Yenisei, it is called a tributary of the latter.
Gironde, so that it can scarce be called a tributary of that wide water.
The fourth side of the enceinte stands on a solid rock, above the little river that loses itself in the flat-lands bordering the Gironde, so that it can scarce be called a tributary of that wide water.
It is a small town of about two thousand inhabitants, crowded up against the mountains, at the end of a little valley through which runs a mountain stream of the same name tributary to the Rio Grande.
Some still refer to this archipelago by its original name, the Ryukyu Islands, a kingdom that maintained so-called tributary relationships with China and Japan hundreds of years ago.
Conscious of superior power, we can bear to hear our Sovereign described as a tributary of the