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winterbourne

[win-ter-bawrn, -bohrn, -boo rn] /ˈwɪn tərˌbɔrn, -ˌboʊrn, -ˌbʊərn/
noun
1.
a channel filled only at a time of excessive rainfall.
Origin of winterbourne
950
before 950; Old English winterburna (not recorded in ME). See winter, burn2
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  • Then, noticing winterbourne's silence, she asked him why he didn't speak.

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  • "I should like very much to know your name," said winterbourne.

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  • winterbourne wished to Heaven this pretty girl were not so familiar with her courier; but he said nothing.

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  • She talked to winterbourne as if she had known him a long time.

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  • "I am afraid your habits are those of a flirt," said winterbourne gravely.

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  • She turned to winterbourne, blushing a little—a very little.

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  • Randolph's skepticism excited winterbourne to further hilarity, and he observed that Giovanelli was coming back to them.

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  • "I see what you mean, of course," said winterbourne after another pause.

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  • "Every one thinks so—if you care to know," said winterbourne.

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  • winterbourne fancied there was a tremor in her voice; he was touched, shocked, mortified by it.

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British Dictionary definitions for winterbourne

winterbourne

/ˈwɪntəˌbɔːn/
noun
1.
a stream flowing only after heavy rainfall, esp in winter
Word Origin
Old English winterburna; see winter, burn²
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