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OUSE (ooz)

1. River Ouse: a river of North Yorkshire, England
2. Great Ouse: largest and longest of several United Kingdom rivers bearing this name
3. River Ouse: river in the counties of West and East Sussex in England
Common clues: Yorkshire river; York's river; Any one of three English rivers; River to the Wash; English river to the Trent; Northamptonshire river

Crossword puzzle frequency: once a year
Frequency in English language: 26418 / 86800
A Boat Trip on the River Ouse, York

The River Ouse is a river in North Yorkshire, England. The river is formed from the River Ure at Cuddy Shaw Reach near Linton-on-Ouse, about 6 miles downstream of the confluence of the River Swale with the River Ure. It then flows through the city of York and the towns of Selby and Goole before joining with the River Trent at Trent Falls, near the village of Faxfleet, to form the Humber Estuary. The length of the Ouse is about 84 km (52 mi) and the combined Ure/Ouse river is about 208 km (129 mi) making it the sixth longest river in the UK.


The Great Ouse is a river in the United Kingdom, the largest and longest of several British rivers bearing this name. From central England, the Great Ouse flows into East Anglia before entering the Wash, a bay of the North Sea. With a course of 143 miles (230 km), mostly flowing north and east, it is the fourth-longest river in the United Kingdom. The Great Ouse has been historically important for commercial navigation, and for draining the low-lying region through which it flows; its best-known tributary is probably the Cam, which runs through Cambridge. Its lower course passes through drained wetlands and fens and has been extensively modified, or channelised, to relieve flooding and provide a better route for barge traffic. Though the un-modified river probably changed course regularly after floods, it now enters the Wash after passing through the port of King's Lynn, south of its earliest-recorded route to the sea.


The River Ouse is a river in the counties of West and East Sussex in England.

The river rises near Lower Beeding and runs eastwards into East Sussex, meandering narrowly and turning slowly southward. A number of tributaries join it near the village of Isfield, and more at Barcombe Mills, where it is used by Southern Water along with neighbouring Barcombe Reservoir, and there are many weirs and bridges. Just north of this, the Anchor Inn is on the banks of the river, and canoes can be hired from here. Continuing on from Barcombe, the Ouse really starts to meander (leaving several ox-bow lakes) as it reaches Hamsey, where the meander has been cut short by a canal creating Hamsey Island, home to St. Peter's Church, which is situated on a mount. Then the river flows through the town of Lewes, where it has been converted considerably over history. Three bridges cross it at Lewes: Willey's Bridge (a small footbridge opened in 1965), the Phoenix Causeway (a larger road bridge named after the extinct Phoenix Ironworks), and Cliffe Bridge (which is much older). After Cliffe the Winterbourne stream flows into the Ouse and the main river is banked on the west by the Heart of Reeds. The Ouse courses southeast past Glynde, where the tributary of Glynde Reach gushes into it; and then passes Rodmell, Southease (where there is a locally famous bridge) and Piddinghoe, finally reaching Newhaven, where it splits industrial Denton Island from the mainland and provides an important harbour in the Port of Newhaven. It then flows into the English Channel, surrounded on either side by two long breakwater piers.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia articles "River_Ouse,_Yorkshire", "River_Great_Ouse", and "River_Ouse,_Sussex".