Tributary : Definition

Tributary

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Pronunciation : Trib"u*ta*ry
Part of Speech : a.
Etymology : [OE. tributaire, F. tributaire, L. tributarius. See Tribute.]
Definition : 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.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Trib"u*ta*ry
Part of Speech : n.;
Definition : 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.

pl. Tributaries (.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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