Definition for AR-RIVE'

AR-RIVE', v.i. [Fr. arriver; Arm. arrivont, arrivein; It. arrivare; Sp. and Port. arribar; of ad and Fr. rive, the shore, or sloping bank of a river; Sp. ribera; L. ripa; Sans. arivi. In Irish, airbhe is ribs. It appears that rib, rive, and ripa are radically one word; in like manner, costa, a rib, and coast, are radically the same.]

  1. Literally, to come to the shore, or bank. Hence to come to or reach in progress by water, followed by at. We arrived at Havre de Grace, July 10, 1824. N. W.
  2. To come to or reach by traveling on land; as, the post arrives at 7 o'clock.
  3. To reach a point by progressive motion; to gain or compass by effort, practice, study, inquiry, reasoning, or experiment; as, to arrive at an unusual degree of excellence or wickedness; to arrive at a conclusion.
  4. To happen or occur. He to whom this glorious death arrives. – Waller.

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