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[temz for 1, 2; theymz, teymz, temz for 3] /tɛmz for 1, 2; θeɪmz, teɪmz, tɛmz for 3/
a river in S England, flowing E through London to the North Sea. 209 miles (336 km) long.
a river in SE Canada, in Ontario province, flowing SW to Lake St. Clair. 160 miles (260 km) long.
an estuary in SE Connecticut, flowing S past New London to Long Island Sound. 15 miles (24 km) long. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The field I was in seemed to slope a little towards the Thames.

    Travels in England in 1782 Charles P. Moritz
  • The train began to move slowly across the Thames to Charing Cross.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • A great number of these refugees reached Britain, landing mostly at the mouth of the Thames, and sailing up it as far as Reading.

  • Is the Thames a-fire, and cooking its own fish, Mr Sweedlepipes?

  • All this time the vessels had remained side by side, and the ladies now ventured on to the decks of the Thames and Arrow.

    A Roving Commission G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for Thames


(tɛmz). a river in S England, rising in the Cotswolds in several headstreams and flowing generally east through London to the North Sea by a large estuary. Length: 346 km (215 miles) Ancient name Tamesis (ˈtæməsɪs)
(teɪmz; θeɪmz). a river in SE Canada, in Ontario, flowing south to London, then southwest to Lake St Clair. Length: 217 km (135 miles)
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Word Origin and History for Thames

Old English Temese, from Latin Tamesis (51 B.C.E.), from British Tamesa, an ancient Celtic river name perhaps meaning "the dark one." The -h- is unhistorical (see th).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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