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estuary Explained

estuary at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


estuary at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1538, from L. ?istuarium "a tidal marsh or opening," from ?istus "boiling (of the sea), tide, heat." ///

estuary at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n plural estuaries [C] // [Date: 1500-1600; Language: Latin; Origin: aestuarium, from aestus 'boiling, tide']// the wide part of a river where it goes into the sea// --the Thames estuary//

estuary at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Partly enclosed coastal body of water in which river water is mixed with seawater. An estuary is thus defined by salinity rather than geography. Many coastal features designated by other names are in fact estuaries (e.g., Chesapeake Bay). Some of the oldest continuous civilizations have flourished in estuarine environments (e.g., the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the Nile delta, the Ganges delta, and the lower Huang River valley). Cities such as London (Thames River), New York (Hudson River), and Montreal (St. Lawrence River) developed on estuaries and became important commercial centers.

estuary at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

64 Moby Thesaurus words for "estuary":
arm, armlet, avenue, bay, bayou, belt, bight, blowhole, boca,
channel, chute, cove, creek, debouch, door, egress, emunctory,
escape, euripus, exhaust, exit, fjord, floodgate, flume, frith,
gulf, gut, harbor, inlet, kyle, loch, loophole, mouth, narrow,
narrow seas, narrows, natural harbor, opening, out, outcome,
outfall, outgate, outgo, outlet, pore, port, reach, road, roads,
roadstead, sally port, sluice, sound, spiracle, spout, strait,
straits, tap, vent, ventage, venthole, vomitory, way out, weir

estuary at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Body of water): lake, pond, river, gulf, bay, inlet, estuary, arm of the sea, fiord, firth, lagoon, cove, creek, strait, narrows, Euripus, sound, loch.

estuary at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(plural estuaries) noun
the wide part of a river where it flows into the sea:
the Thames estuary

estuary at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(plural estuaries) noun
the wide part of a river where it flows into the sea:
the Thames estuary

Estuary at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Estuary \Es"tu*a*ry\, a.
Belonging to, or formed in, an estuary; as, estuary strata.

Estuary \Es"tu*a*ry\, n.; pl. {Estuaries}. [L. aestuarium, from
aestuare to surge. See {Estuate}.] [Written also
1. A place where water boils up; a spring that wells forth.
[Obs.] --Boyle.

2. A passage, as the mouth of a river or lake, where the tide
meets the current; an arm of the sea; a frith.

it to the sea was often by long and wide estuaries.

estuary at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : the wide part of a river where it nears the sea; fresh and
salt water mix

estuary at English (WD) Of Explained:


Alternative forms

* Inter: l » en|æstuary Inter: qualifier » archaic


From Inter: etyl » la|en Inter: term » sc=polytonic|aestuarium||creek”, “estuary of a river|lang=la.


Inter: en-noun » estuaries
  • Coastal water body where ocean tides and river water merge.
    1. An ocean inlet also fed by fresh river water.

      Derived terms

      * Estuary English


      Inter: trans-top » place where ocean tides and river water merge

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|естуар|m|sc=Cyrl
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|河口|tr=hékǒu|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|出海口|tr=chūhǎikǒu|sc=Hani
  • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|estuarium
  • Finnish: murtovesi (alue)
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|estuaire|m
  • German: Inter: t- » de|Meeresarm|m
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|tölcsértorkolat

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|ármynni|n, Inter: t- » is|árós|f
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|estuario|m
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|河口|tr=かこう kakō|sc=Jpan
    • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|muara
    • Polish: ujście {{n}}
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|эстуарий|m|tr=estuárij, Inter: t+ » ru|устье|n|tr=úst’je|sc=Cyrl
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|estuario|m
    • Welsh: Inter: t+ » cy|aber

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: cy » estuary
    Translation: et » estuary
    Translation: el » estuary
    Translation: eo » estuary
    Translation: fa » estuary
    Translation: fr » estuary
    Translation: ko » estuary
    Translation: io » estuary
    Translation: kn » estuary
    Translation: hu » estuary
    Translation: mg » estuary
    Translation: ml » estuary
    Translation: my » estuary
    Translation: ps » estuary
    Translation: pl » estuary
    Translation: fi » estuary
    Translation: ta » estuary
    Translation: te » estuary
    Translation: vi » estuary
    Translation: zh » estuary