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

Definition of riverbed

: the channel occupied by a river

Examples of riverbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This group was proving extremely difficult to find, taking refuge in a dry riverbed to hide under cover of trees and vegetation. Jim Sciutto, CNN, 18 May 2021 Thirty-three years later, the first developed phase of the project was realized when water from the Central Arizona Project flowed into the dry riverbed and Tempe Town Lake was born. Amanda Luberto, The Arizona Republic, 14 June 2021 Days later, the bronze statue was recovered from the riverbed by Bristol City Council and put into storage. CNN, 4 June 2021 Around 2017 Faussett offered his property off Buckshot Lane for bicyclists to park and find a short, unmarked trail to the riverbed. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Apr. 2021 It's also affected by industrial pollution, riverbed modification and hybridization with non-native sturgeon. Rachel Trent, CNN, 1 May 2021 As a result, the riverbed just downstream of Old River Control has risen by about 1.5 meters, according to Bo Wang, a fluvial geomorphologist now at Brown University. Fred Pearce, Science | AAAS, 13 May 2021 The barrier resembles a fortress, with massive floodgates, a concrete bridge and light poles that tower over the riverbed. azcentral, 15 Apr. 2021 The fire was expected to continue along the riverbed, moving northeast and southeast, the bureau said. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2021

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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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17 Jul 2021

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“Riverbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riverbed. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of riverbed

: the ground at the bottom of a river

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