riv·​er·​bank | \ ˈri-vər-ˌbaŋk How to pronounce riverbank (audio) \

Definition of riverbank

: the bank of a river

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De Adder's cartoon is based on a graphic image taken by journalist Julia Le Duc showing the El Salvadoran father and daughter deceased and face down on the muddy riverbank of the Rio Grande. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "A Canadian political cartoonist's drawing of Donald Trump went viral. Two days later, he was fired," 30 June 2019 Arnold Williams fears the possible loss of his home and works to place sandbags and secure tarps to support the eroding riverbank. Anchorage Daily News, "A few Akiak residents consider staying in homes threatened by erosion," 26 June 2019 During the outward trip south, against the flow of the river, the bark was pulled by other boats and by people on the riverbanks. National Geographic, "Egypt’s pharaohs welcomed summer with this fabulous festival," 25 June 2019 Then around 1980, Veltman engaged in public legal battles with Valero Energy Corp., which had moved in across the riverbank and wanted to put a parking lot where San Antonio Country stood. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Disco-era gay club San Antonio Country subject of new documentary," 18 June 2019 As the boat carried them on the final leg of their journey last month to the United States from Honduras, the young woman waved back to a group on Mexico’s riverbank cheering her rescue. New York Times, "Death on the Rio Grande: A Look at a Perilous Migrant Route," 8 June 2019 The town likely will have high water and minor flooding on the riverbanks, said Cory Stark, a field manager with the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management who led the interagency response team. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "18,000 sandbags later, Lake City flood fears diminish even as rivers rise across southwestern Colorado," 16 June 2019 Others threw ropes from the riverbank or jumped in after them. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite rescue team jumps in a river — so you’ll survive if you do the same," 14 June 2019 Walking along the riverbank in Eagle Pass, Mr. Kemmett stopped to examine a shirt left in the weeds near the water. New York Times, "Death on the Rio Grande: A Look at a Perilous Migrant Route," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of riverbank

circa 1522, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of riverbank was circa 1522

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English Language Learners Definition of riverbank

: the ground at the edge of a river

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