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 From 2,500 feet in the air, the dirt airstrip is just a crack in a seemingly endless ocean of rainforest, surrounded by muddy mining pits that bleed toxic chemicals into a riverbed. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Water is so scarce in some areas that people can walk across the riverbed. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 June 2022 The 38-mile, nontechnical hike follows a riverbed deep into the canyon, delivering you to narrows where rock walls rise 200 feet. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2022 This year's northern pike data has also shed more light on the need to reconfigure the riverbed at the old North Avenue dam site. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 9 July 2022 The fire was reported shortly after 10:30 a.m. in the riverbed near Friars Road and Morena Boulevard, San Diego Fire-Rescue officials said. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2022 Rowing clubs have hung up their oars, sun-seeking teenagers fresh out of school have set up beach umbrellas on the riverbed, and in Gualtieri, a town on the central Po, two ships that were sunk in 1944 emerged earlier this year as the water receded. New York Times, 12 July 2022 The brand new all-inclusive resort has the town’s longest lazy river, coming in at 1,148 feet and adorned with an art mural on the riverbed. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 31 Mar. 2022 To receive the turf removal rebate, the sprinkler system was exchanged for a drip irrigation system, and a 650-gallon rain barrel, which runs to the permeable riverbed for groundwater capture, was added to the front of the house. Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 See More

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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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15 Sep 2022

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“Riverbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riverbed. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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