a river in W Germany, flowing NW and W into the Rhine. 144 miles (232 km) long.
a mining and industrial region centered in the valley of the Ruhr River.
the chief coalmining and industrial region of Germany: in North Rhine-Westphalia around the valley of the River Ruhr (a tributary of the Rhine 235 km (146 miles) long) German name Ruhrgebiet (ˈruːrɡəˌbiːt)


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