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Meaning of TRIBUTARY

Pronunciation:  'tribyu`teree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a branch that flows into the main stream
  2. [adj]  of a stream; flowing into a larger stream

TRIBUTARY is a 9 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: affluent, feeder, secondary
 Antonyms: distributary
 See Also: branch



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Trib"u*ta*ry\, a. [OE. tributaire, F. tributaire, L.
    tributarius. See {Tribute}.]
    1. Paying tribute to another, either from compulsion, as an
       acknowledgment of submission, or to secure protection, or
       for the purpose of purchasing peace.
             [Julius] unto Rome made them tributary. --Chaucer.
    2. Hence, subject; subordinate; inferior.
             He to grace his tributary gods.       --Milton.
    3. Paid in tribute. ``Tributary tears.'' --Shak.
    4. Yielding supplies of any kind; serving to form or make up,
       a greater object of the same kind, as a part, branch,
       etc.; contributing; as, the Ohio has many tributary
       streams, and is itself tributary to the Mississippi.
  2. \Trib"u*ta*ry\, n.; pl. {Tributaries}.
    1. A ruler or state that pays tribute, or a stated sum, to a
       conquering power, for the purpose of securing peace and
       protection, or as an acknowledgment of submission, or for
       the purchase of security.
    2. A stream or river flowing into a larger river or into a
       lake; an affluent.
Biology Dictionary
  1. A river or stream flowing into a larger river or stream.
  2. Stream flowing into a lake or larger stream.