AskDefine | Define tributary

Dictionary Definition

tributary adj
1 of a stream; flowing into a larger stream
2 paying tribute; "a tributary colony"
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" [syn: conducive, contributing(a), contributive, contributory] n : a branch that flows into the main stream [syn: feeder, affluent] [ant: distributary]

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From tributarie, from tributarius, from tributum.


  1. A river that flows into a larger river or other body of water.
  2. A nation, state, or other entity that pays tribute.


*1602 : William Shakespeare, Hamlet , act V scene 2
  • As England was his faithful tributary.


  • Finnish: sivujoki
  • German: Nebenfluss, Zufluss
  • Hebrew: יובל
  • Japanese: 支流
nation, state etc.
  • Japanese: 属国


  1. Related to the paying of tribute.


related to the paying of tribute
  • Finnish: verovelvollinen

Related terms

Extensive Definition

A tributary (or confluent/affluent) is a stream or river which flows into a mainstem (or parent) river, and which does not flow directly into a sea. In orography, tributaries are ordered from those nearest to the source of the river to those nearest to the mouth of the river. A confluence is where two or more tributaries or rivers flow together.
The descriptive means terms right tributary and left tributary always apply from the perspective of looking downstream (in the direction the current is going), similarly to the river banks.
The opposite of a tributary is a distributary; a river branch that flows away from the main stream. A river and all its tributaries drain the watershed of the river.
The Strahler Stream Order examines the arrangement of tributaries in a hierarchy of first, second, third and higher orders, with the first order tributary being typically the least in size. For example, a second order tributary is composed of two or more first order tributaries combining to form the second order stream.

See also

tributary in Bulgarian: Приток
tributary in Catalan: Afluent
tributary in Czech: Přítok
tributary in Danish: Biflod
tributary in German: Nebenfluss
tributary in Estonian: Lisajõgi
tributary in Spanish: Afluente
tributary in Esperanto: Alfluanto
tributary in Extremaduran: Afluenti
tributary in French: Affluent
tributary in Scottish Gaelic: Leas-abhainn
tributary in Galician: Afluente
tributary in Korean: 지류
tributary in Croatian: Pritoka
tributary in Ido: Enfluanto
tributary in Indonesian: Anak sungai
tributary in Icelandic: Þverá
tributary in Italian: Affluente
tributary in Kurdish: Mil (çem)
tributary in Marathi: उपनदी
tributary in Dutch: Zijrivier en aftakking
tributary in Japanese: 支流
tributary in Occitan (post 1500): Afluent
tributary in Oromo: Tributary
tributary in Polish: Dopływ
tributary in Portuguese: Afluente
tributary in Romanian: Afluent
tributary in Russian: Приток
tributary in Simple English: Tributary
tributary in Finnish: Sivujoki
tributary in Swedish: Biflod
tributary in Vietnamese: Chi lưu
tributary in Ukrainian: Притока
tributary in Chinese: 支流

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