riv·​er·​bed | \ ˈri-vər-ˌbed How to pronounce riverbed (audio) \

Definition of riverbed

: the channel occupied by a river

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Since September, crews working for the city have hauled out more than 100 tons of garbage and debris from the riverbed. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Unprecedented crackdown continues on homeless camps along San Diego River," 7 Jan. 2018 During February and March, and sometimes January, the riverbed floods with water. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your Next Safari Should Be in Namibia," 6 Nov. 2018 Jeremy Sanchez, 17, was found dead Wednesday in bushes near a riverbed in South El Monte, about 13 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Teen who helped find missing friend's body was the killer, police say," 20 Apr. 2018 The break sent huge slabs of concrete plummeting into two warehouses, some railroad tracks and a riverbed below the bridge. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Death toll in Italian bridge collapse climbs to 39," 15 Aug. 2018 But the layers of charcoal residue in the riverbed walls don’t look like the product of natural wildfire seasons. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Native Americans managed the prairie for better bison hunts," 25 July 2018 Some of the wreckage landed in a dry riverbed that could flood when the rainy season resumes in a few weeks. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Rescuers comb concrete and steel after bridge collapse," 15 Aug. 2018 Mangled trucks and cars littered a dry part of the Polcevera riverbed, while more than 200 firefighters worked to dig through the wreckage, sometimes with their bare hands. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Italian Bridge Collapses, Killing Dozens, Including Children," 15 Aug. 2018 The brush fire was reported in a riverbed near the Plaza Bonita mall. Karen Kucher, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Brush fire near Bonita mall caused brief road closure," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of riverbed

1781, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of riverbed was in 1781

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English Language Learners Definition of riverbed

: the ground at the bottom of a river

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