stream·​bed | \ ˈstrēm-ˌbed How to pronounce streambed (audio) \

Definition of streambed

: the channel occupied or formerly occupied by a stream

Examples of streambed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After a mile the sandy streambed squeezes between towers of black cinders. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Flagstaff to Grand Canyon is one of Arizona's most gorgeous drives. Here's how to do it," 9 Oct. 2020 Chevron corralled the oil in a dry streambed, and within days the flow petered out. ProPublica, "Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them.," 18 Sep. 2020 Boulder Creek is an intermittent stream, which during dry periods is often reduced to a series of pools interspersed with dry streambed. Ian James, azcentral, "Arizona company ordered to pay $5 million for arsenic leak from old mine," 29 May 2020 For long hours the farmers silently navigated the streambeds, stopping only to drink water and wipe their brows. National Geographic, "This Vietnamese national park is a spice lover’s dream," 18 Jan. 2020 Black cardamom, known as thao qua, grows along streambeds in high-elevation forests, under the canopy of tall trees. National Geographic, "This Vietnamese national park is a spice lover’s dream," 18 Jan. 2020 Info: To get to Echo Cliffs ( from Yerba Buena Road, take the Mishe Mokwa Trail and follow the streambed to the climbing areas. Brian E. Clark, Los Angeles Times, "Ready to go beyond your climbing gym? Meet Southern California’s rock stars," 12 Oct. 2019 Pink eggs dot the streambed, like pearls from a broken necklace. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "How a salmon scientist got hooked into a battle over the world’s largest gold mine," 26 Sep. 2019 Removing the dams would allow the salmon to lay eggs on miles of streambeds. Julia Duin, Washington Post, "Baby orcas, new law provide small hope for future of nearly extinct mammals," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of streambed

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Streambed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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