American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A U-shaped piece of wood that fits under and around the neck of an ox, with its upper ends attached to the bar of the yoke.
- n. A U-shaped bend in a river.
- n. The land within such a bend of a river.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A curved piece of wood the ends of which are inserted into an ox-yoke and held by pins. In use it encircles the neck of the animal. See yoke.
- n. A bend or reach of a river resembling an ox-bow in form: a use common in New England.
- n. A U-shaped piece of wood used as a collar for an ox, the upper parts fastened to its yoke
- n. A meander in a river; the land enclosed by such a loop
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A frame of wood, bent into the shape of the letter U, and embracing an ox's neck as a kind of collar, the upper ends passing through the bar of the yoke; also, anything so shaped, as a bend in a river.
- n. a wooden framework bent in the shape of a U; its upper ends are attached to the horizontal yoke and the loop goes around the neck of an ox
- n. a U-shaped curve in a stream
- n. the land inside an oxbow bend in a river
“Mine were caught in oxbow lakes and meander scars in southwest Alabama.”
“The Chicago Tribune called the oxbow an “outrage” perpetrated by “a set of unprincipled swindlers” intent on “building the road at the largest possible expense to the Government and the least possible expense to themselves.””
“Over time (from decades to millennia) these river courses meander across the floodplain, resulting in ever-changing geomorphology and heterogeneous landscape with a diversity of elements such as oxbow lakes, levees, meander swales, and point bars.”
“Over time (decades to centuries) the river course meanders across the floodplain making the várzea an ever-changing and heterogeneous landscape with a diversity of fluvial elements such as oxbow lakes, levees, meander swails, and point bars.”
“Over time (decades to centuries), the river course meanders across the floodplain making the várzea an ever-changing and heterogeneous landscape with a diversity of fluvial elements such as oxbow lakes, levees, meander swales, and point bars.”
“To date, the problem with Anne Hathaway has been that while she does indeed look beautifully luminescent on screen, she has so far been shunted into a kind of oxbow lake of dreary roles: sweet, dribbly characters who must find their inner fire if they are to find true love.”
“Fig. 11), when they have attained what is called the "oxbow" form, it often happens that the stream breaks through the isthmus which connects one of the peninsulas with the mainland.”
“Although this was a landscape of vast kinetic energy through the movement of water, there were also some wonderful moments of stillness: the huge veteran oaks at Atcham poised darkly in an oxbow lake, their massive root buttresses under water; the flock of mute swans, with one black swan in their midst, grazing the glimmering edges of flooded fields at Cound.”
“Nevertheless, faint trails took us to a curving oxbow.”
“Matabililand and the meaning of terminal moraine, oxbow lakes and wave-cut platforms, I was actually staring out of the window and listening to the mastodons calling to one another across the prehistoric landscape.”
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