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tributary

[trib-yuh-ter-ee] /ˈtrɪb yəˌtɛr i/
noun, plural tributaries.
1.
a stream that flows to a larger stream or other body of water.
2.
a person or nation that pays tribute in acknowledgment of subjugation or the like.
adjective
3.
(of a stream) flowing into a larger stream or other body of water.
4.
furnishing subsidiary aid; contributory.
5.
paying or required to pay tribute.
6.
paid as tribute.
7.
subject; subordinate:
a tributary nation.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English (adj. and noun) < Latin tribūtārius of tribute, one who pays tribute. See tribute, -ary
Related forms
tributarily, adverb
nontributary, adjective
untributarily, adverb
untributary, adjective
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Examples from the web for tributaries
  • Heavy metals from the old mines that dot the watershed have seeped directly into the river or its tributaries.
  • On maps it seemed to appear out of nowhere, welling inexplicably from the ground with no tributaries or side canyons.
  • Its tributaries are some laryngeal veins, and occasionally a small thyroid vein.
  • The superficial veins of the lower extremity are the great and small saphenous veins and their tributaries.
  • Rudimentary valves are found in the tributaries of the portal venous system.
  • Those fish return to the tributaries where they were stocked from early fall through the spring to make their spawning runs.
  • It has many tributaries, some of which form parish, district and other boundaries.
British Dictionary definitions for tributaries

tributary

/ˈtrɪbjʊtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -taries
1.
a stream, river, or glacier that feeds another larger one
2.
a person, nation, or people that pays tribute
adjective
3.
(of a stream, etc) feeding a larger stream
4.
given or owed as a tribute
5.
paying tribute
Derived Forms
tributarily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tributaries

tributary

adj.

late 14c., "paying tribute," from Latin tributarius "liable to tax or tribute," from tributum (see tribute). The noun sense of "one who pays tribute" is recorded from early 15c. Meaning "stream that flows into a larger body" is from 1822, from the adjective, which is recorded from 1610s in this sense.

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tributaries in Science
tributary
  (trĭb'yə-těr'ē)   
A stream that flows into a river, a larger stream, or a lake.
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