riv·er·bed | \ˈri-vər-ˌbed \

Definition of riverbed 

: the channel occupied by a river

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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 The latest count found 34,000 homeless people in Los Angeles, about 1% of the city's total population, and nearly three-quarters of them sleep in streets, alleys, canyons and riverbeds. Gale Holland, latimes.com, "LAPD defends rising arrests of homeless people," 7 Mar. 2018 Nearly a quarter of the nation’s homeless population lives in California — about 134,000 people who often have carved out patches of curb, riverbed, public park or town square to live. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "As gentrification escalates in Calif., people wonder: Where can the homeless go?," 6 May 2018 Puri believes that the executions happened against the far wall of the ravine, just before a bend in the riverbed that hides most of the valley from view. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 The madtom, for instance, is a bottom-feeding catfish that has seen its numbers drop as the riverbeds were dredged to accommodate shipping traffic. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements," 10 July 2018 The court may have to issue a temporary restraining order that will not allow cities to enforce anti-camping ordinances — and then guess what, the whole county can be like the riverbed. Anh Do, latimes.com, "O.C.'s grand homeless plan collapsing as residents balk at having shelters in their neighborhoods," 23 Mar. 2018 Barnett, the author and historian, said some people near his Natchez, Miss., home are already seeing the fallout from the rising riverbed. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "St. John Parish oil spill remains under investigation," 12 Feb. 2018

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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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evasion of direct action or statement

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