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  • A river of northwest Russia flowing about 74 km (46 mi) from Lake Ladoga to the Gulf of Finland at Saint Petersburg.

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  • proper noun A river in Russia.

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  • noun a river in northwestern Russia flowing generally west into the Gulf of Finland


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From Russian Нева́, which is a cognate of Finnish neva.


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  • As at this season the ice of the Neva is at least three feet thick, a hole is made through which, after the ceremony, everybody draws up some of the holy water.

    Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun 1903

  • Neva is on a business trip to Wales brokering a pharmaceutical partnership.

    "Falling Upwards" by Kassandra Sims Doug Knipe 2008

  • Neva is a businesswoman in the New South, not a character in some fairy tale -- but she'll take on this quest if it means no longer feeling like she''s going insane.

    "Falling Upwards" by Kassandra Sims Doug Knipe 2008

  • Close to the exchange the Neva is three times as wide as the Seine at the Pont Royal, and one may imagine the effect of this sea of ice cracking in all its parts.

    Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun 1903

  • V.A., which the Emperor remarked made the word "Neva" -- a coincidence on which he appears to have dwelt with his share of the superstition of the Buonapartes.

    Life of Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen — Volume 2 Sarah Tytler 1870

  • We ate solyanka and cabbage and sausage and looked out at the Neva, which is close enough to freezing to have that extra sheen of water that wants to go to ice but can't quite manage it yet.

    Go East, Young Man yuki_onna 2009

  • In fact, it was acknowledged even before, as he tells it himself: There was a magazine in Russia called Neva, which found its circulation went up from 100,000 to a million when it serialized 'The Great Terror.'

    Archive 2007-02-01 Richard 2007

  • At the end of every year, the Russians keep a long fast, and as soon as it is over, lay in their store of winter's provisions, at a market held once a-year on the river Neva, which is then frozen over.

    The World's Fair Anonymous

  • The next year there were small Russian victories, and these crept nearer and nearer to the Baltic, until at last the river upon which the great Nevski won his surname was reached -- and the Neva was his!

    A Short History of Russia Mary Platt Parmele 1877

  • Upon this principle, I suppose they attach an exorbitant value to thawed water during six months of the year, when the Neva is a solid block of ice.

    The Land of Thor 1848


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