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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 Jor·dan /ˈʤɔrdṇ/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Jor·dan Jor·den n.
 1. A pot or vessel with a large neck, formerly used by physicians and alchemists. [Obs.]
 2. A chamber pot. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a river in Palestine that empties into the Dead Sea; John
           the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan [syn: Jordan
      2: an Arab kingdom in southwestern Asia on the Red Sea [syn: Hashemite
         Kingdom of Jordan]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    Heb. Yarden, "the descender;" Arab. Nahr-esh-Sheriah, "the
    watering-place" the chief river of Palestine. It flows from
    north to south down a deep valley in the centre of the country.
    The name descender is significant of the fact that there is
    along its whole course a descent to its banks; or it may simply
    denote the rapidity with which it "descends" to the Dead Sea.
      It originates in the snows of Hermon, which feed its perennial
    fountains. Two sources are generally spoken of. (1.) From the
    western base of a hill on which once stood the city of Dan, the
    northern border-city of Palestine, there gushes forth a
    considerable fountain called the Leddan, which is the largest
    fountain in Syria and the principal source of the Jordan. (2.)
    Beside the ruins of Banias, the ancient Caesarea Philippi and
    the yet more ancient Panium, is a lofty cliff of limestone, at
    the base of which is a fountain. This is the other source of the
    Jordan, and has always been regarded by the Jews as its true
    source. It rushes down to the plain in a foaming torrent, and
    joins the Leddan about 5 miles south of Dan (Tell-el-Kady). (3.)
    But besides these two historical fountains there is a third,
    called the Hasbany, which rises in the bottom of a valley at the
    western base of Hermon, 12 miles north of Tell-el-Kady. It joins
    the main stream about a mile below the junction of the Leddan
    and the Banias. The river thus formed is at this point about 45
    feet wide, and flows in a channel from 12 to 20 feet below the
    plain. After this it flows, "with a swift current and a
    much-twisted course," through a marshy plain for some 6 miles,
    when it falls into the Lake Huleh, "the waters of Merom" (q.v.).
      During this part of its course the Jordan has descended about
    1,100 feet. At Banias it is 1,080 feet above sea-level. Flowing
    from the southern extremity of Lake Huleh, here almost on a
    level with the sea, it flows for 2 miles "through a waste of
    islets and papyrus," and then for 9 miles through a narrow gorge
    in a foaming torrent onward to the Sea of Galilee (q.v.).
      "In the whole valley of the Jordan from the Lake Huleh to the
    Sea of Galilee there is not a single settled inhabitant. Along
    the whole eastern bank of the river and the lakes, from the base
    of Hermon to the ravine of Hieromax, a region of great
    fertility, 30 miles long by 7 or 8 wide, there are only some
    three inhabited villages. The western bank is almost as
    desolate. Ruins are numerous enough. Every mile or two is an old
    site of town or village, now well nigh hid beneath a dense
    jungle of thorns and thistles. The words of Scripture here recur
    to us with peculiar force: 'I will make your cities waste, and
    bring your sanctuaries unto desolation...And I will bring the
    land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall
    be astonished at it...And your land shall be desolate, and your
    cities waste. Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as
    it lieth desolate' (Lev. 26:31-34).", Dr. Porter's Handbook.
      From the Sea of Galilee, at the level of 682 feet below the
    Mediterranean, the river flows through a long, low plain called
    "the region of Jordan" (Matt. 3:5), and by the modern Arabs the
    Ghor, or "sunken plain." This section is properly the Jordan of
    Scripture. Down through the midst of the "plain of Jordan" there
    winds a ravine varying in breadth from 200 yards to half a mile,
    and in depth from 40 to 150 feet. Through it the Jordan flows in
    a rapid, rugged, tortuous course down to the Dead Sea. The whole
    distance from the southern extremity of the Sea of Galilee to
    the Dead Sea is in a straight line about 65 miles, but following
    the windings of the river about 200 miles, during which it falls
    618 feet. The total length of the Jordan from Banias is about
    104 miles in a straight line, during which it falls 2,380 feet.
      There are two considerable affluents which enter the river
    between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, both from the east.
    (1.) The Wady Mandhur, called the Yarmuk by the Rabbins and the
    Hieromax by the Greeks. It formed the boundary between Bashan
    and Gilead. It drains the plateau of the Hauran. (2.) The Jabbok
    or Wady Zerka, formerly the northern boundary of Ammon. It
    enters the Jordan about 20 miles north of Jericho.
      The first historical notice of the Jordan is in the account of
    the separation of Abraham and Lot (Gen. 13:10). "Lot beheld the
    plain of Jordan as the garden of the Lord." Jacob crossed and
    recrossed "this Jordan" (32:10). The Israelites passed over it
    as "on dry ground" (Josh. 3:17; Ps. 114:3). Twice afterwards its
    waters were miraculously divided at the same spot by Elijah and
    Elisha (2 Kings 2:8, 14).
      The Jordan is mentioned in the Old Testament about one hundred
    and eighty times, and in the New Testament fifteen times. The
    chief events in gospel history connected with it are (1) John
    the Baptist's ministry, when "there went out to him Jerusalem,
    and all Judaea, and were baptized of him in Jordan" (Matt. 3:6).
    (2.) Jesus also "was baptized of John in Jordan" (Mark 1:9).

From: Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)

 Jordan, the river of judgment