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Wellspring vs River - What's the difference?

wellspring | river |

As a noun wellspring

is the source of water for a stream, spring or well; a fountainhead; a wellhead.

As a proper noun river is





(en noun)
  • The source of water for a stream, spring or well; a fountainhead; a wellhead.
  • A perennial source of anything; a fountainhead of supply or emanation; resource.
  • river


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m), from .


    (en noun)
  • A large and often winding stream which drains a land mass, carrying water down from higher areas to a lower point, ending at an ocean or in an inland sea.
  • * 1908 , (Kenneth Grahame), (The Wind in the Willows)
  • By the side of the river' he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spell-bound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the ' river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=28, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= High and wet , passage=Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers , washing away roads, bridges, hotels and even whole villages. Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.}}
  • Any large flow of a liquid in a single body.
  • (poker) The last card dealt in a hand.
  • Derived terms
    * cry someone a river * riverbank * riverbed * river basin * river bed * river birch * river blindness * riverboat/river boat * river bottom * river boulder * river dolphin * river duck * riverfront * river hog * river horse * riverine * river lamprey * river limper * river mouth * river otter * river pear * river prawn * river runner * river shad * riverside * riverward * riverway * sell down the river * submarine river * up the river * (river)
    See also


    (en verb)
  • (poker) To improve one’s hand to beat another player on the final card in a poker game.
  • Johnny rivered me by drawing that ace of spades.

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • One who rives or splits.
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