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Definition of riverbed

: the channel occupied by a river

Examples of riverbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mercy Vineyards is the first brand to bet entirely on the Arroyo Seco AVA, an appellation that sits on the cobbles of an ancient and current riverbed in the heart of Monterey County. SFChronicle.com, "Mercy Vineyards: a great place for Pinot Noir in Carmel Valley," 15 Aug. 2018 All that water surges into the riverbed at an average flow of 181,000 cubic feet per second, creating a current that flows at 2 miles per hour. Bill Mcgraw, Detroit Free Press, "It's swimming season in Michigan's lakes and rivers: Have fun but use caution," 12 July 2020 As of Saturday, the blaze continues to burn in the riverbed. Helena Wegner, The Arizona Republic, "Avondale brush fire continues to burn, evacuations remain in effect," 27 June 2020 According to the agency, sea lamprey first burrow under riverbed sediment and filter feed on detritus - which more or less means decomposed matter -- before making their way to the ocean and living parasitically on other organisms as juveniles. Alec Snyder, CNN, "A 'vampire fish' is spawning in Vermont's waters. Experts say most of them are nothing to worry about," 25 June 2020 Law enforcement officers were stationed in the area in order to prevent Lira from evading officers who were searching the riverbed. CBS News, "Suspect killed in central California shootout, several officers wounded, police say," 11 June 2020 In Cascabel, about 30 miles north of Benson, the San Pedro again becomes a parched riverbed snaking along the base of rugged cliffs. AZCentral.com, "It's one of Arizona's most precious rivers. Hundreds of new wells may leave it running dry," 5 Dec. 2019 Its collapse 20 months ago, when a section of roadway fell 150 feet onto a riverbed, became a source of national embarrassment. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Genoa’s New Bridge Nears Completion, Turning Tragedy Into Hope," 28 Apr. 2020 Its collapse 20 months ago, when a section of roadway fell 150 feet onto a riverbed, became a source of national embarrassment. Elisabetta Povoledo, BostonGlobe.com, "Genoa’s new bridge nears completion, turning tragedy into hope," 28 Apr. 2020

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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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9 Aug 2020

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“Riverbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riverbed. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of riverbed

: the ground at the bottom of a river

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