Definition of floodplain
1 : level land that may be submerged by floodwaters
2 : a plain built up by stream deposition
Recent Examples of floodplain from the Web
Even Tulsa, Oklahoma, home of Sen. James Inhofe, who calls global warming a hoax, has moved over 12,000 homes and businesses from a floodplain.
Donian Park is a four acre open space site which encompasses a wetland and the 100 year recurrence interval floodplain along the White River in downtown Lake Geneva.
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First Known Use of floodplain
FLOODPLAIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of floodplain for English Language Learners
: an area of low, flat land along a stream or river that may flood
: an area of land built up from soil left by floods
FLOODPLAIN Defined for Kids
Definition of floodplain for Students
: low flat land along a stream that is flooded when the stream overflows
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