follow Dictionary.com

Is Tuesday named for a one-handed god?

distributary

[dih-strib-yoo-ter-ee] /dɪˈstrɪb yʊˌtɛr i/
noun, plural distributaries.
1.
an outflowing branch of a stream or river, typically found in a delta (opposed to tributary).
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; distribute + -ary
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for distributary
  • Note the exquisite distributary pattern coming out of the creek mouth.
  • Internally the pillows are fed via a distributary system of interconnected channels.
  • The project includes constructing terraces, dredging distributary channels, and planting vegetation on the terraces.
  • They show up in deltaic deposits where a given delta distributary is stranded or abandoned.
  • Added in alluvial fans and distributary flow areas as special hazards and a requirement for engineering plans in these areas.
British Dictionary definitions for distributary

distributary

/dɪˈstrɪbjʊtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -taries
1.
one of several outlet streams draining a river, esp on a delta
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
distributary in Science
distributary
  (dĭ-strĭb'yə-těr'ē)   
  1. A branch of a river that flows away from the main stream.

  2. One of the channels in a braided stream.


The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for distributary

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for distributary

18
0
Scrabble Words With Friends