riv·​er·​bed ˈri-vər-ˌbed How to pronounce riverbed (audio)
: the channel occupied by a river

Examples of riverbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But radar and topographic data of the sites revealed the inlets’ riverbeds as well as the causeways that led to the pyramids of Pepi II and Merenre. Isaac Schultz / Gizmodo, Quartz, 18 May 2024 California has awarded Los Angeles County’s Homeless Initiative a $51.5-million grant aimed at helping homeless people along the 105 Freeway and nearby riverbeds access housing and services over the next three years. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for riverbed 

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Word History

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of riverbed was in 1781

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“Riverbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riverbed. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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riv·​er·​bed -ˌbed How to pronounce riverbed (audio)
: the channel occupied or once occupied by a river

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