riv·​er·​bed | \ˈri-vər-ˌbed \

Definition of riverbed 

: the channel occupied by a river

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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 Dams put water into the dry riverbed in the center of the city. John Buntin, WSJ, "‘The Next American City’ Review: A New Kind of Street Smarts," 14 Oct. 2018 The Ponte Morandi bridge is already a scary drive on a good day, with traffic coming in hard and fast through a viaduct, rising some 300 feet above a railway line, a riverbed, and an industrial portion of the port city of Genoa. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Genoa's Ponte Morandi Bridge Collapses, Killing 22," 14 Aug. 2018 Motorists reported brush was on fire in a riverbed near Cuyamaca Street about 3:45 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol’s website. Lyndsay Winkley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fire near SR-52 in Santee prompts evacuations," 26 June 2018 At least 30 people were killed and several more injured Tuesday morning when a flatbed truck carrying members of a wedding party veered into a dry riverbed in the western Indian state of Gujarat, officials said. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "Truck carrying wedding guests in India swerves into riverbed, killing 31," 6 Mar. 2018 Some 700 riverbed squatters were given 30-day motel vouchers and referred to public services. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Why California Leaves Its Homeless Out in the Sun," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of riverbed

1781, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of riverbed

: the ground at the bottom of a river

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