Definition of upriver in English:

upriver

adjective & adverb

  • Towards or situated at a point nearer the source of a river:

    [as adverb] ‘the salmon heads upriver to spawn’
    [as adjective] ‘they headed for the upriver side’
    • ‘He watched them disappear upriver and they watched him drift back toward civilization.’
    • ‘Waterfowl, such as the gaudy mandarin duck, no longer nest in its wetlands; fish have been driven upriver or out to sea, or have gone extinct.’
    • ‘They headed south, upriver past Red Buttes, and camped at a grassy spot a few miles above the mouth of what is now called Bates Creek.’
    • ‘I live on the Hudson, a tidal river with a wedge of salt flowing upriver under the surface.’
    • ‘From Iquitos, it is an all-day boat ride upriver to the Rainforest Lodge.’
    • ‘As the wind tried to blow us away, we struggled upriver towards a lone hawthorn bush where the river made a right hand sweep, it was an area where I had caught decent chub in the past.’
    • ‘In the 18th century, Dublin Bay was considered a dangerous place for ships trying to enter the river Liffey and move upriver to the city centre.’
    • ‘This became increasingly difficult as the boat worked its way upriver because the river narrowed and became more unpredictable.’
    • ‘The drawing included a lake, parkland, retail outlets, a middle school and housing that would serve as a gateway to upriver trails and bikeways.’
    • ‘One clever sea lion found his way into one of the dam's fish ladders, which allow salmon to bypass the dam's power station on their way to spawning grounds upriver.’
    • ‘It is not known in detail to what extent grayling move around in a river system, though some believe that they follow salmon upriver during spawning to feed on their eggs.’
    • ‘If there has been a torrential downpour upriver, it will have an affect on water levels.’
    • ‘They reach the river, and Bill goes upriver to fly-fish, and Jake stays to use the worms.’
    • ‘They spend three to five years in the ocean, then make a difficult journey back upriver to spawn.’
    • ‘On many rivers of the region, upriver residents had been defending their rights to a share of the river fisheries since the earliest days of settlement.’
    • ‘Already by 1760 some upriver communities were calling on the Nova Scotia government to restrict net fishing at the mouths of rivers.’
    • ‘This paper is based on field research in the mid-1990s in a remote upriver Kayan community on the Baram River in Sarawak, East Malaysia.’
    • ‘Justina is spending her spare time visiting upriver longhouses where whole communities live under one roof in some cases surrounded by skulls which hang from the rafters as a grisly reminder of days past.’
    • ‘And as she sailed upriver, she became the first Royal Navy warship to pass under the new Millennium Bridge - the ‘winking eye’.’
    • ‘Russian sturgeon are caught at the end of their reproductive cycle, when they have left the sea and started swimming upriver to spawn: their eggs are riper, softer and older.’

Pronunciation:

upriver

/ʌpˈrɪvə/