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Definition of riverbank

: the bank of a river

Examples of riverbank in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amid the old tires and mattresses dumped on the riverbank, mounds of rank green weeds gave refuge to birds and grasshoppers, which didn’t seem bothered by the fecal stench. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 On a bright January day, the river’s cool waters ran just a few inches deep, but the San Pedro’s latent power was visible a little higher on the riverbank. Washington Post, "Trump’s border wall, vulnerable to flash floods, needs large storm gates left open for months," 30 Jan. 2020 Some scuffled with National Guard troops on the riverbank while others slipped through the lines and trudged off on a rural highway, with most taken into custody later in the day. Maria Verza, Sonia Perez, Anchorage Daily News, "Migrants hoping to reach US run up against Mexican forces at Guatemala border," 21 Jan. 2020 Plus, there will be plenty of Metropolitan suds to enjoy in its striking taproom on the riverbank. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Metropolitan Brewing, 3057 N. Rockwell St., free; facebook.com Enjoy some cold joe for a good cause this weekend. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Things to do in Chicago this weekend: Taco fest, Goose Island Block Party, Kizuki Matsuri, vegan barbecue," 19 Sep. 2019 As Whitford fled the area on foot towards the riverbank the homeowner fired several warning shots. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Deputies: Hebron homeowner shoots at, collars burglar," 3 May 2020 To prevent any alternative crossings, Hannibal’s army also fortified the riverbank. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Ancient Battlefield That Launched the Legend of Hannibal," 24 Apr. 2020 Reporting potential dangers, such as overflowing riverbanks or tendrils of smoke in the distance, can buy crucial minutes for evacuation and response teams. National Geographic, "Social distancing during disasters," 17 Apr. 2020 When night fell, Kevin snuck out of the shack and hurried toward the dark riverbank. Washington Post, "Trust and consequences," 15 Feb. 2020

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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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22 May 2020

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“Riverbank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riverbank. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of riverbank

: the ground at the edge of a river

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