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Bend

meaning power, as Beyond my bend, i.e. my means or power. The allusion is to a bow or spring; if strained beyond its bending power, it breaks. (See Bent.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and…

Rivers

Miles in length. 2,578, the Nile, the longest river in Africa. 2,762, the Volga, the longest river in Europe. 3,314, the Yang-tze-Kiang, the longest river in Asia. 3,716, the Mississippi, t…

Bend Sinister

He has a bend sinister. He was not born in lawful wedlock. In heraldry, a band running from the upper right-hand corner to the lower left-hand corner (as the shield appears before you on pa…

Grecian Bend

(The). An affectation in walking, with the body stooped slightly forward, assumed by English ladies in 1875. The silliness spread to America and other countries which affect passing odditie…

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The River

The RiverAnd I behold once more My old familiar haunts; here the blue river, The same blue wonder that my infant eye Admired, sage doubting whence the traveller came,— Whence brought his sunny…

Walt Whitman: From Pent-Up Aching Rivers

From Pent-Up Aching RiversFrom pent-up aching rivers, From that of myself without which I were nothing, From what I am determin'd to make illustrious, even if I stand sole among men, From …

Red River

Red River. 1 River, 1,222 mi (1,967 km) long, southernmost of the large tributaries of the Mississippi River. It rises in two branches in the Texas Panhandle and flows SE between Texas and Oklahoma an…

The Longest River

The Question: What is the longest river in the world and how long is it and through what countries does it flow? The Answer: The Nile is the lon…

Joan Rivers

Name at birth: Joan Alexandra MolinskyIn its 2014 obituary of Joan Rivers, The New York Times called her "the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America’s obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and o…

River Phoenix

Name at birth: River Jude Bottom23-year-old River Phoenix was an up-and-coming movie star when he died suddenly of drug-induced heart failure in 1993. His brief career was marked by critically-acclai…