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Definition of Tributaries

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small stream flowing into a larger body of water; one who pays tribute, taxpayer
Tributaries Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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WordNet 2.0

1. a branch that flows into the main stream
(synonym) feeder, affluent
(antonym) distributary
(hypernym) branch

1. of a stream; flowing into a larger stream
(similar) secondary
2. paying tribute; "a tributary colony"
(similar) obligated(p)
3. tending to bring about; being partly responsible for; "working conditions are not conducive to productivity"; "the seaport was a contributing factor in the growth of the city"; "a contributory factor"
(synonym) conducive, contributing(a), contributive, contributory
(similar) causative
Tributaries Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
A tributary or affluent is a stream or river that flows into a larger stream or river main stem (or parent) river or a lake. A tributary does not flow directly into a sea or ocean. Tributaries and the main stem river serve to drain the surrounding drainage basin of its surface water and groundwater, leading the water out into an ocean.

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Tributaries Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
The contributing streams and other watercourses including brooks, rills, and rivulets, extending upstream to the point where water usually begins to flow in a regular channel, with an alveus, or bed, and banks or sides, or to the point where the lines of ordinary high water marks converge, whichever extends the farthest up-gradient.