3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tributary \Trib"u*ta*ry\, adjective [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tributary \Trib"u*ta*ry\, noun; 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



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}, {tributary}]


1: a branch that flows into the main stream [syn: {feeder}, {tributary}, {confluent}, {affluent}] [ant: {distributary}]

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