watercourse

DEFINITIONS OF: watercourse

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n a conduit through which water flows

Synonyms:
waterway
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Caledonian Canal
a canal in northern Scotland that links North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean; runs diagonally between Moray Firth at the northeastern end and Loch Linnhe at the southwestern end; now little used
Caloosahatchee Canal
a canal that connects Lake Okeechobee with the Caloosahatchee River in southern Florida to form part of the Cross-Florida Waterway
Gota Canal
a canal for small oceangoing ships to enter Lake Vanern in Sweden
Panama Canal
a ship canal 40 miles long across the Isthmus of Panama built by the United States (1904-1914)
Grand Canal
an inland waterway 1000 miles long in eastern China; extends from Tianjin in the north to Hangzhou in the south
Grand Canal
the major waterway in Venice, Italy
Suez Canal
a ship canal in northeastern Egypt linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea
Cape Cod Canal
a canal connecting Cape Cod Bay with Buzzards Bay
Erie Canal
an artificial waterway connecting the Hudson river at Albany with Lake Erie at Buffalo; built in the 19th century; now part of the New York State Barge Canal
New York State Barge Canal
a system of canals crossing New York State and connecting the Great Lakes with the Hudson River and Lake Champlain
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canal
long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation
flume
watercourse that consists of an open artificial chute filled with water for power or for carrying logs
headrace
a waterway that feeds water to a mill or water wheel or turbine
tailrace
a watercourse that carries water away from a mill or water wheel or turbine
cut
a canal made by erosion or excavation
industrial watercourse
a canal that is operated by one or more industries
race, raceway
a canal for a current of water
ship canal, shipway
a canal large enough for seagoing vessels
Type of:
way
any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another

n natural or artificial channel through which water flows

Type of:
channel
a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels

n a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth

Synonyms:
stream
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Bull Run
a creek in northeastern Virginia where two battles were fought in the American Civil War
Aare River
a river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine
River Acheron
(Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which the souls of the dead were carried by Charon
River Adige
a river in northern Italy that flows southeast into the Adriatic Sea
Aegospotamos
a creek emptying into the Hellespont in present-day Turkey; at its mouth in 405 BC the Spartan fleet under Lysander defeated the Athenians and ended the Peloponnesian War
Aire River
a river in northern England that flows southeast through West Yorkshire
Alabama River
a river in Alabama formed by the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers near Montgomery; flows southwestward to become a tributary of the Mobile River
Allegheny River
a river that rises in Pennsylvania and flows north into New York and then back south through Pennsylvania again to join the Monongahela River at Pittsburgh which is the beginning of the Ohio River
Amazon River
a major South American river; arises in the Andes and flows eastward into the South Atlantic; the world's 2nd longest river (4000 miles)
Heilong Jiang
an Asian river between China and Russia; flows into the Sea of Okhotsk
Upper Tunguska
a river in southeastern Siberia that flows northwest from Lake Baikal to become a tributary of the Yenisei River
Apalachicola River
a river in northwestern Florida formed by the confluence of the Chattahoochee River and the Flint River at the Florida border
Araguaia River
a river in central Brazil that flows generally northward (with many falls) to join the Tocantins River
Araxes
a river that rises in northeastern Turkey (near the source of the Euphrates) and flows generally eastward through Armenia to the Caspian Sea; ancient name was Araxes
Arauca
a river that rises in northern Colombia and flows generally eastward to the Orinoco in central Venezuela
Argun River
a river in eastern Asia that arises in China and flows northeast along the border between China and Russia to become a tributary of the Amur River
Arkansas River
a river that rises in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and flows southeast through Kansas and Oklahoma and through Arkansas to become a tributary of the Mississippi River
Arno River
a river in central Italy rising in the Apennines and flowing through Florence and Pisa to the Ligurian Sea
Upper Avon River
a river in central England that flows through Stratford-on-Avon and empties into the Severn
River Avon
a river in southwestern England rising in Gloucestershire and flowing through Bristol to empty into the estuary of the Severn
Bighorn River
a river that flows from central Wyoming to the Yellowstone River in southern Montana
Big Sioux River
a river that rises in northeastern South Dakota and flows southward to join the Missouri River at Sioux City, Iowa
Blue Nile
a headstream of the Nile; joins the White Nile at Khartoum to form the Nile
Brahmaputra River
an Asian river; flows into the Bay of Bengal
Brazos River
a river that rises in Mexico and flows across Texas into the Gulf of Mexico
Caloosahatchee River
a river in southern Florida that flows westerly to the Gulf of Mexico; forms the western end of the Cross-Florida Waterway
Cam River
a river in east central England that flows past Cambridge to join the Ouse River
Canadian River
a river rising in northeastern New Mexico and flowing eastward across the Texas panhandle to become a tributary of the Arkansas River in Oklahoma
Cape Fear River
a river in North Carolina that flows southeast to the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Fear
Chao Phraya
a river in Thailand formed by the confluence of the Nan and Ping Rivers; flows southward past Bangkok and empties into the Gulf of Thailand
Charles River
a river in eastern Massachusetts that empties into Boston Harbor and that separates Cambridge from Boston
Chattahoochee River
a river rising in northern Georgia and flowing southwest and south to join the Flint River at the Florida border where they form the Apalachicola River
Cimarron River
a river that rises in northeastern New Mexico and flows eastward into Oklahoma where it becomes a tributary of the Arkansas River
Clinch River
a river that rises in southwestern Virginia and flows generally southwestward across eastern Tennessee to the Tennessee River
Clyde
a river in western Scotland that flows from the southern uplands into the Firth of Clyde; navigable by oceangoing vessels as far as Glasgow
River Cocytus
(Greek mythology) a river in Hades that was said to be a tributary of the Acheron
Colorado River
an important river in the southwestern United States; rises in the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado and flows southwest through Utah into Arizona (where it flows through the Grand Canyon) and then southward through the southern tip of Nevada, then forming the border between California and Arizona and finally into Mexico where it empties into the Gulf of California; the main source of water in the southwestern United States
Colorado River
a river in Texas; flows southeast into the Gulf of Mexico
Columbia River
a North American river; rises in southwestern Canada and flows southward across Washington to form the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific; known for its salmon runs in the spring
Congo River
a major African river (one of the world's longest); flows through Congo into the South Atlantic
Connecticut River
a river in the northeastern United States; flows south from northern New Hampshire along the border between New Hampshire and Vermont and through Massachusetts and Connecticut where it empties into Long Island Sound
Coosa River
river that rises in northwestern Georgia and flows southwest through eastern Alabama to join the Tallapoosa River near Montgomery and form the Alabama River
Cumberland River
a river that rises in southeastern Kentucky and flows westward through northern Tennessee to become a tributary of the Ohio River in southwestern Kentucky
Danube River
the 2nd longest European river (after the Volga); flows from southwestern Germany to the Black Sea
Darling River
an Australian river; tributary of the Murray River
Delaware River
a river that rises in the Catskills in southeastern New York and flows southward along the border of Pennsylvania with New York and New Jersey to northern Delaware where it empties into Delaware Bay
Demerara
a river in northern Guyana that flows northward into the Atlantic
Detroit River
a short river flowing from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie along the border between the United States and Canada; one the busiest inland waterways in the world
Dnieper River
a river that rises in Russia near Smolensk and flowing south through Belarus and Ukraine to empty into the Black Sea
Don River
a European river in southwestern Russia; flows into the Sea of Azov
Ebro River
a river in northeastern Spain; flows into the Mediterranean
Elbe River
a river in central Europe that arises in northwestern Czechoslovakia and flows northward through Germany to empty into the North Sea
Elizabeth River
a short river in southeastern Virginia flowing between Norfolk and Portsmouth into Hampton Roads
Euphrates River
a river in southwestern Asia; flows into the Persian Gulf; was important in the development of several great civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia
Flint River
a river in western Georgia that flows generally south to join the Chattahoochee River at the Florida border where they form the Apalachicola River
Forth River
a river in southern Scotland that flows eastward to the Firth of Forth
Fox River
a river in Wisconsin that flows into Lake Michigan
Ganges River
an Asian river; rises in the Himalayas and flows east into the Bay of Bengal; a sacred river of the Hindus
Gan Jiang
a river in southeastern China that flows generally north into the Chang Jiang to the north of Nanchang
Garonne River
a river that rises in the Pyrenees and flows northwest to the Bay of Biscay
Gila River
a river that rises in western New Mexico and flows westward through southern Arizona to become a tributary of the Colorado River
Grand River
a river in southern Michigan that flows northwest to empty into Lake Michigan
Green River
a river that rises in western Wyoming and flows southward through Utah to become a tributary of the Colorado River
Housatonic River
a river that rises in western Massachusetts and flows south through Connecticut to empty into Long Island Sound
Yellow River
a major river of Asia in northern China; flows generally eastward into the Yellow Sea; carries large quantities of yellow silt to its delta
Hudson River
a New York river; flows southward into New York Bay; explored by Henry Hudson early in the 17th century
IJssel river
a river in the central Netherlands flowing north to the IJsselmeer
Illinois River
a river in Illinois that flows southwest to the Mississippi River
Indigirka River
a river in far eastern Siberia that flows generally northward to the Arctic Ocean
Indus River
an Asian river that rises in Tibet and flows through northern India and then southwest through Kashmir and Pakistan to the Arabian Sea
Irrawaddy River
the main river of Myanmar rising in the north and flowing south through the length of Burma to empty into the Andaman Sea
Irtish River
an Asian river that rises in the Altai Mountains in northern China and flows generally northwest to become a tributary of the Ob River
Isere River
a river in southeastern France; a tributary of the Rhone
James River
a river that rises in North Dakota and flows southward across South Dakota to the Missouri
James River
a river in Virginia that flows east into Chesapeake Bay at Hampton Roads
Jordan River
a river in Palestine that empties into the Dead Sea; John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan
Kanawha River
a tributary of the Ohio River in West Virginia
Kansas River
a river in northeastern Kansas; flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River
Kasai River
a river of southwestern Africa that rises in central Angola and flows east and then north (forming part of the border between Angola and Congo) and continuing northwest through Congo to empty into the Congo River on the border between Congo and Republic of the Congo
Kissimmee River
a river of central Florida that flows southward to Lake Okeechobee
Klamath River
a river flowing southwest from Oregon through northern California to the Pacific Ocean
Kura River
a river in western Asia; rises in northeast Turkey and flows to the Caspian Sea
Lehigh River
a river in eastern Pennsylvania that flows southeast into the Delaware River
Lena River
a Russian river in Siberia; flows northward into the Laptev Sea
River Lethe
(Greek mythology) a river in Hades; the souls of the dead had to drink from it, which made them forget all they had done and suffered when they were alive
Crocodile River
an African river; flows into the Indian Ocean
Little Bighorn River
a river that flows from northern Wyoming into the Bighorn River in southern Montana; site of Custer's Last Stand
Little Missouri River
a river that rises in northeastern Wyoming and flows through Montana and South Dakota to join the Missouri River in North Dakota
Little Sioux River
a river that rises in southwestern Minnesota and flows southwestward to the Missouri River in western Iowa
Little Wabash River
a river in eastern Illinois that flows southeastward to the Wabash River
Loire River
the longest French river; rises in the Massif Central and flows north and west to the Atlantic Ocean
Mackenzie River
a Canadian river; flows into the Beaufort Sea
Madeira River
a Brazilian river; tributary of the Amazon River
Magdalena River
a river that rises in the Andes mountains in southwestern Colombia and flows generally northward to empty into the Caribbean Sea at Barranquilla
Mekong River
an Asian river; flows through a large delta in southern Vietnam into the South China Sea
Merrimack River
a river that rises in south central New Hampshire and flows through Concord and Manchester into Massachusetts and empties into the Atlantic Ocean
Meuse River
a European river; flows into the North Sea
Milk River
a river that rises in the Rockies in northwestern Montana and flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River
Mississippi River
a major North American river and the chief river of the United States; rises in northern Minnesota and flows southward into the Gulf of Mexico
Missouri River
the longest river in the United States; arises in Montana and flows southeastward to become a tributary of the Mississippi at Saint Louis
Mobile River
a river in southwestern Alabama; flows into Mobile Bay
Mohawk River
a river of central New York that flows southeastward to the Hudson River
Monongahela River
a river that rises in northern West Virginia and flows north into Pennsylvania where it joins the Allegheny River at Pittsburgh to form the Ohio River
Moreau River
a river that rises in western South Dakota and flows eastward to the Missouri River
Murray River
a southeast Australian river; flows westward and then south into the Indian Ocean at Adelaide
Murrumbidgee River
a river of southeastern Australia; flows westward into the Murray River
Namoi River
a river in southeastern Australia that flows generally northwest to join the Darling River
Nan River
a river of western Thailand flowing southward to join the Ping River to form the Chao Phraya
Neckar River
a river in Germany; rises in the Black Forest and flows north into the Rhine
Neosho River
a river that rises in eastern Kansas and flows eastward into Oklahoma to become a tributary of the Arkansas River
Neva River
a river in northwestern Russia flowing generally west into the Gulf of Finland
New River
a river in the southeastern United States that flows northward from North Carolina to West Virginia where it empties into the Kanawha River
Niagara River
a river flowing from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario; forms boundary between Ontario and New York
Niger River
an African river; flows into the South Atlantic
Nile River
the world's longest river (4150 miles); flows northward through eastern Africa into the Mediterranean; the Nile River valley in Egypt was the site of the world's first great civilization
Niobrara River
a tributary of the Missouri River
North Platte River
a river that rises in northern Colorado and flows northward into Wyoming and then eastward and southeastward through Nebraska where it joins the South Platte to form the Platte River
Ob River
a major river of western Siberia; flows generally northward and westward to the Gulf of Ob and the Kara Sea
Oder River
a European river; flows into the Baltic Sea
Ohio River
a river that is formed in western Pennsylvania and flows westward to become a tributary of the Mississippi River
Orange River
a river in South Africa that flows generally westward to the Atlantic Ocean
Orinoco River
a South American river 1,500 miles long; flows into the South Atlantic
Osage River
a river in Missouri that is a tributary of the Missouri River
Ottawa river
a river in southeastern Canada that flows along the boundary between Quebec and Ontario to the Saint Lawrence River near Montreal
Ouachita River
a river that rises in western Arkansas and flows southeast into eastern Louisiana to become a tributary of the Red River
Ouse River
a river in northeastern England that flows generally southeastward to join the Trent River and form the Humber
Parana River
a South American river; tributary of Rio de la Plata
Parnahiba
a river in northeastern Brazil that flows generally northward to the Atlantic Ocean
Pearl River
a river in Mississippi that flows southward to the Gulf of Mexico
Pecos River
a tributary of the Rio Grande that flows southeastward from New Mexico through western Texas
Pee Dee River
a river that flows through central North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina to the Atlantic Ocean
Penobscot River
a river in central Maine flowing into Penobscot Bay
Ping River
a river in western Thailand; a major tributary of the Chao Phraya
Platte River
a river in Nebraska that flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River
Po River
a European river; flows into the Adriatic Sea
Potomac River
a river in the east central United States; rises in West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains and flows eastward, forming the boundary between Maryland and Virginia, to the Chesapeake Bay
Purus River
a Brazilian river; tributary of the Amazon River
Rappahannock River
a river that flows across eastern Virginia into the Tidewater region
Red River
a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows eastward from Texas along the southern boundary of Oklahoma and through Louisiana
Republican River
a tributary of the Kansas River that flows from eastern Colorado eastward through Nebraska and Kansas
Rhine River
a major European river carrying more traffic than any other river in the world; flows into the North Sea
Rhone River
a major French river; flows into the Mediterranean near Marseilles
Rio Grande
a North American river; boundary between the United States and Mexico; flows into Gulf of Mexico
Ruhr River
a tributary of the Rhine
Russian River
a river in northern California
Saale River
a river that rises in central Germany and flows north to join the Elbe River
Sabine River
a river in eastern Texas that flows south into the Gulf of Mexico
Sacramento River
a river in northern California rising near Mount Shasta and flowing south to the San Francisco Bay
Saint Francis River
a tributary of the Mississippi River that rises in Missouri and flows southeastward through Arkansas
Saint John River
a river that rises in Maine and flows northeastward through New Brunswick to empty into the Bay of Fundy
Saint Johns River
a river in northeastern Florida that flows northward to Jacksonville and then eastward to empty into the Atlantic Ocean
Saint Lawrence River
a North American river; flows into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the North Atlantic
Salmon River
a tributary of the Snake River in Idaho
Sambre River
a river in western Europe that rises in northern France and flows generally east into Belgium where it joins the Meuse at Namur
San Joaquin River
a river in central California that rises in the Sierra Nevada and flows northwest to form a large delta with the Sacramento River
Sao Francisco
a river in eastern Brazil flowing into the Atlantic Ocean
Saone River
a river in eastern France; rises in Lorraine and flows south to become the chief tributary of the Rhone
Savannah River
a river in South Carolina that flows southeast to the Atlantic
Scheldt River
a river that rises in France and flows northeast across Belgium and empties into the North Sea
Seine River
a French river that flows through the heart of Paris and then northward into the English Channel
River Severn
a river in England and Wales flowing into the Bristol Channel; the longest river in Great Britain
Severn River
a river in Ontario that flows northeast into Hudson Bay
Seyhan River
a Turkish river flowing south southwest into the Mediterranean
Chari River
an African river that flows northwest into Lake Chad
Shenandoah River
a river of northern Virginia that empties into the Potomac at Harpers Ferry
Snake River
a tributary of the Columbia River that rises in Wyoming and flows westward; discovered in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark Expedition
South Platte River
a tributary of the Platte River
River Styx
(Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which Charon carried dead souls
Sun River
a river in western Montana that flows south and east to join the Missouri River
Suriname River
a river in Suriname that flows northward to the Atlantic
Susquehanna River
a river in the northeastern United States that rises in New York and flows southward through Pennsylvania and Maryland into Chesapeake Bay
Tagus River
a European river; flows into the North Atlantic
Tallapoosa River
river that rises in northwestern Georgia and flows southwest through central Alabama to join the Coosa River near Montgomery and form the Alabama River
Tennessee River
a river formed by the confluence of two other rivers near Knoxville; it follows a U-shaped course to become a tributary of the Ohio River in western Kentucky
River Thames
the longest river in England; flows eastward through London to the North Sea
Tevere
a river of central Italy; flows through Rome to the Tyrrhenian Sea
Tigris River
an Asian river; a tributary of the Euphrates River
Tocantins River
a river in eastern Brazil that flows generally north to the Para River
Tombigbee River
a river that rises in northeastern Mississippi and flows southward through western Alabama to join the Alabama River and form the Mobile River
River Trent
a river in central England that flows generally northeastward to join with the Ouse River and form the Humber
Trinity River
a river in eastern Texas that is formed near Dallas and flows generally southeastward to Galveston Bay
Lower Tunguska
a river that arises to the north of Lake Baikal and flows north and west to the Yenisei River
Stony Tunguska
a river in Siberia that flows northwest to become a tributary of the Yenisei River
River Tyne
a river in northern England that flows east to the North Sea
Uruguay River
a South American river that arises in southern Brazil and flows south to the Rio de la Plata; the northern section forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil and the southern section forms the boundary between Argentina and Uruguay
Vetluga River
a river in central Russia; flows generally southward into the Volga
Vistula River
a European river; flows into the Baltic Sea
Volga River
a Russian river; the longest river in Europe; flows into the Caspian Sea
Volkhov River
a river in northwestern Russia flowing generally north into Lake Ladoga
Volta
a river in Ghana that flows south to the Bight of Benin
Wabash River
a tributary of the Ohio River that rises in western Ohio and flows southwestward across Indiana
Weser River
a river in northwestern Germany that flows northward to the North Sea near Bremerhaven
White River
a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows southeastward through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri
White Nile
a headstream of the Nile; joins the Blue Nile at Khartoum to form the Nile
Willamette River
a river in western Oregon that flows north into the Columbia River near Portland
Wisconsin River
a tributary of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin
Yalu River
river in eastern Asia; rises in North Korea and flows southwest to Korea Bay (forming part of the border between North Korea and China)
Yangtze Kiang
the longest river of Asia; flows eastward from Tibet into the East China Sea near Shanghai
Yazoo River
a river that rises in west central Mississippi and flows southwest to empty into the Mississippi River above Vicksburg
Yellowstone River
a tributary of the Missouri River that flows through the Yellowstone National Park
Yenisei River
a Russian river in Siberia; rises in mountains near the Mongolian border and flows generally northward into the Kara Sea
Yukon River
a North American river that flows westward from the Yukon Territory through central Alaska to the Bering Sea
Zambezi River
an African river; flows into the Indian Ocean
Canton River
a river in southeast China that flows into the South China Sea
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branch
a stream or river connected to a larger one
brook, creek
a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)
headstream
a stream that forms the source of a river
river
a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek)
rill, rivulet, run, runnel, streamlet
a small stream
tidal river, tidal stream, tidewater river, tidewater stream
a stream in which the effects of the tide extend far upstream
billabong
a branch of a river made by water flowing from the main stream only when the water level is high
brooklet
a small brook
distributary
a branch of a river that flows away from the main stream and does not rejoin it
affluent, confluent, feeder, tributary
a branch that flows into the main stream
Type of:
body of water, water
the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)
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