riv·​er·​bank | \ˈri-vər-ˌbaŋk \

Definition of riverbank 

: the bank of a river

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Powell's boat Emma Dean on a riverbank in the Grand Canyon, 1872. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "Book Review: The Perils of a Pathfinder," 19 July 2018 But this impoverishment is countered by the area’s bucolic beauty, with sheep grazing among scraggly almond and pear trees and lush citrus groves lining the riverbanks. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 After a vegetarian buffet lunch in the park’s timber pavilion, our group trudged down to the riverbank. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "Should Tourists Ride Elephants in Thailand?," 10 Aug. 2018 This time, the riverbanks and nearby areas burned with the enthusiasm of more than 700 volunteers participating in the annual Canalway Partners RiverSweep trash-collection effort. Brian Albrecht, cleveland.com, "Canalway Partners RiverSweep holds 28th annual clean-up of Cuyahoga River Valley (photos, video)," 12 May 2018 Television footage showed muddy water flowing out of rivers in parts of the region, including the scenic Arashiyama area in western Kyoto where riverbanks and streets were flooded. Washington Post, "At least 3 dead, several missing in Japan heavy rain, floods," 6 July 2018 Advocates fear that steady erosion of the riverbank could trigger a catastrophic spill, similar to disasters at coal plants in Tennessee and North Carolina where ash impoundments ruptured and caused millions of dollars in damage. Michael Hawthorne, chicagotribune.com, "Lawsuit seeks crackdown on coal plant pollution in Illinois' only national scenic river," 30 May 2018 An old boot, a folding chair and an infamous shopping cart were all dug out of the riverbanks of Covington last weekend. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Here are the treasures found during the Covington river sweep," 22 June 2018 Men gathered at the riverbank, throwing rocks and firing guns at the Pinkerton agents trying to get ashore in boats. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of riverbank

circa 1522, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of riverbank

: the ground at the edge of a river

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