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

Definition of riverbank

: the bank of a river

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That letter is matched on the opposite page by Judith Clay’s inky, stylized picture of a girl being carried along a riverbank by books attached to strings, like kites. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Inspiring Words for Aspiring Readers," 13 Dec. 2018 On this riverbank, the natural world became something more than just fascinating. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 The study was done along about 100 miles of Canadian-side shoreline and riverbank. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Goose poop at Lake St. Clair Metropark beach? Not if this dog can help it," 12 June 2018 Then when spring comes, the Potlatch crew goes to work—freeing logs that have lodged on the riverbanks and in jams at the center. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 According to the Federal Attorney’s office, the animals became trapped in nets used for riparian fishing on riverbanks. James Rogers, Fox News, "More than 300 vulnerable sea turtles found dead in sea off Mexico," 29 Aug. 2018 Many museums are dotted near the riverbanks, making for fun (and educational) pit stops. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 Across the Missouri River from Omaha, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a barren stretch of riverbank is being turned into a walkable area with residential towers, offices and green spaces. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, "The Latest Housing Hotspot: Downtown and by the River," 6 Dec. 2018 Arlington declined to provide a price range for the apartments or the cost of the development, which will be part of the massive 141-acre Manhattan Harbour mixed-use development that sits along the riverbank. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "New luxury apartment complex coming to Dayton, Ky.: 'Tapestry on the River'," 23 Apr. 2018

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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