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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class III. Words Relating to Matter
Section II. Inorganic Matter
2. Fluid Matter
3. Fluids in Motion

348. [Water in Motion.] River.

   NOUN:running water.
  jet, swash, spurt or spirt, squirt, spout, splash, rush, gush, jet d’eau [F.]; sluice.
  waterspout, waterfall; fall, cascade, force or foss [dial. Eng.], linn or lin [Scot.], gill or ghyll; Niagara; cataract, catadupe [obs.], cataclysm; debacle, inundation, deluge; chute, washout.
  RAIN, rainfall; serein [F.]; plash, shower, scud [dial.]; downpour; downflow, pour, cloudburst, drencher; driving -, drenching- rain; predominance of Aquarius, reign of St. Swithin; drisk [U. S.], brash [dial.], mizzle [dial.], drizzle, stillicidium, dropping &c. v.; rains, rainy season, monsoon, bursat or barsat [Hind.]; falling weather [colloq.].
  HYETOLOGY, hyetography; hyetograph, rain chart.
  STREAM, course, flux, flow, profluence; effluence (egress) [See Egress]; defluxion; flowing &c. v.; current, tide, race, mill race, tide race.
  spring; fount, fountain; rill, rivulet, rillet; streamlet, brooklet; branch [U. S.]; runnel, runlet; sike, burn [both dial. Eng. & Scot.], beck [Eng.], brook, river; reach; tributary.
  body of water, torrent, rapids, flush, flood, swash; spring -, high -, flood -, full- tide; bore, eagre or hygre; fresh, freshet; indraft or indraught; ebb, refluence, reflux, undercurrent, undertow, eddy, vortex, gurge [rare], whirlpool, Charybdis, Maelstrom (also maelstrom), regurgitation, overflow, alluvion; confluence, corrivation [obs.].
  WAVE, billow, surge, swell, ripple, anerithmon gelasma [Greek]; beach comber, riffle [U. S.], tidal wave, comber, chop, choppiness, roll, rollers, ground swell, surf, breakers, white horses; rough -, heavy -, cross -, long -, short -, choppy -, chopping- sea.
  [SCIENCE OF FLUIDS IN MOTION] hydrodynamics; hydraulics, hydrostatics, hydrokinetics, hydromechanics, pegology, pluviometry.
  [MEASURES] hyetometer, hyetometrograph, hydrodynamometer, nilometer, fluviometer, fluviograph, marigraph, hydrometer, hydrometrograph, udometer, ombrometer, rain gauge or gage, pluviometer, pluviograph.
  IRRIGATION (water) [See Water]; pump; watering- pot, – cart; hydrant, standpipe, syringe, siphon, mussuk [Hind.].
  WATER CARRIER, bheesty or bheestie [India], Water Bearer, Aquarius.
   VERB:FLOW, run; meander; gush, pour, spout, roll, jet, well, issue; drop, drip, dribble, plash, spirtle, trill, trickle, distill, percolate; stream, gurge [rare], surge, swirl, overflow, inundate, deluge, flow over, splash, swash; guggle, murmur, babble, bubble, purl, gurgle, sputter, spurt, regurgitate; ooze, flow out (egress) [See Egress].
  FLOW INTO, fall into, open into, drain into; discharge itself, disembogue.
  [CAUSE A FLOW] pour; pour out (discharge) [See Ejection]; shower down; irrigate, drench (wet) [See Water]; spill, splash.
  [STOP A FLOW] stanch or staunch; dam, dam up (close) [See Closure]; obstruct [See Hindrance].
  RAIN, – hard, – in torrents, – cats and dogs, – pitchforks [both colloq.]; pour, shower, sprinkle, pour with rain, drizzle, spit [colloq.], set in; mizzle.
   ADJECTIVE:FLUENT, deliquescent, defluent, profluent [rare], diffluent, affluent; tidal; flowing &c. v.; meandering, meandrous, meandry [obs.], flexuous, fluvial, fluviatile; streamy, streamful; choppy, rolling; stillicidious [obs.], stillatitious [rare]; hydragogue [med.].
  RAINY, showery, pluvial [rare], pluvious, pluviose [rare], drizzly, drizzling, mizzly, wet; pluviometric or pluviometrical.
  1. For men may come and men may go but I go on forever.—Tennyson
  2. That mountain floods should thunder as before.—Wordsworth
  3. The immense and contemptuous surges.—Kipling
  4. The heave and the halt and the hurl and the crash of the comber wind-hounded.—Kipling
  5. Rivers are moving roads.—Pascal