follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

Nile

[nahyl] /naɪl/
noun
1.
a river in E Africa, the longest in the world, flowing N from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean. 3473 miles (5592 km) long; from the headwaters of the Kagera River, 4000 miles (6440 km) long.
Compare Blue Nile, White Nile.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Nile
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Animals being scarce in the Nile region, great value was attached to their preservation, and they received divine homage.

  • Were I to reach the sources of the Nile, I should expect to meet him there.

  • On regaining the piquet, I found that several more djerms had dropped down the Nile, and were lying off the little wharf.

    Yule Logs Various
  • The Nile had overflowed its banks and the land had been submerged.

    How the Piano Came to Be Ellye Howell Glover
  • Thence by a long desert march he might reach the Nile and Berber.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for Nile

Nile

/naɪl/
noun
1.
a river in Africa, rising in S central Burundi in its remotest headstream, the Luvironza: flows into Lake Victoria and leaves the lake as the Victoria Nile, flowing to Lake Albert, which is drained by the Albert Nile, becoming the White Nile at Lake No, then flowing through South Sudan; joined by its chief tributary, the Blue Nile (which rises near Lake Tana, Ethiopia) at Khartoum, and flows north to its delta on the Mediterranean; the longest river in the world. Length: (from the source of the Luvironza to the Mediterranean) 6741 km (4187 miles)
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
Word Origin and History for Nile

one of the world's oldest surviving place names, from a Semitic root nahal "river." Unnamed in Old Testament, it is always merely "the river" (Hebrew yeor).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Nile in the Bible

dark; blue, not found in Scripture, but frequently referred to in the Old Testament under the name of Sihor, i.e., "the black stream" (Isa. 23:3; Jer. 2:18) or simply "the river" (Gen. 41:1; Ex. 1:22, etc.) and the "flood of Egypt" (Amos 8:8). It consists of two rivers, the White Nile, which takes its rise in the Victoria Nyanza, and the Blue Nile, which rises in the Abyssinian Mountains. These unite at the town of Khartoum, whence it pursues its course for 1,800 miles, and falls into the Mediterranean through its two branches, into which it is divided a few miles north of Cairo, the Rosetta and the Damietta branch. (See EGYPT.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Nile

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Nile

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for nile