rhine river


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German Rhein. French Rhin [ran] . Dutch Rijn. a river flowing from SE Switzerland through Germany and the Netherlands into the North Sea: branches off into the Waal, Lek, and IJssel in its lower course. 820 miles (1320 km) long.
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Rhine (raɪn)
Dutch name: Rijn, French name: Rhin, German name: Rhein a river in central and W Europe, rising in SE Switzerland: flows through Lake Constance north through W Germany and west through the Netherlands to the North Sea. Length: about 1320 km (820 miles)

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principal river in western Germany, from Ger. Rhein, from M.H.G. Rin, ult. from Gaulish Renos, lit. "that which flows," from PIE base *reie- "to move, flow, run" (cf. Skt. rinati "causes to flow," ritih "stream, course;" L. rivus "stream;" O.C.S. reka "river;" M.Ir. rian "river, way;" Goth. rinnan "run,
flow," rinno "brook;" M.L.G. ride "brook;" O.E. riþ "stream;" O.E. rinnan, O.N. rinna "to run," Du. ril "running stream"). The spelling with -h- (cf. L. Rhenus; Fr. Rhin) is from infl. of Gk. form of the name, Rhenos.
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Rhine River definition

River in Europe, rising in the Alps of Switzerland and flowing generally north, passing through or bordering on Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France, and The Netherlands before emptying into the North Sea.

Note: A principal river of Europe, the Rhine carries more traffic than any other waterway in the world.
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