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- A stretch of waterway between two points, which may be defined arbitrarily or by natural or man-made features such as bends, weirs or locks.
- A widening of a river channel, such as often occurs after a waterfall or weir.
- A narrow arm of the sea that extends inland.
Derived in meaning and use from reach ‘stretch out’, ‘extend’; from Old English ræcan (cf. Old High German reichen)