from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The area between the banks of a river ordinarily covered by water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The path where a river runs, or where a river once ran; the bottom earthen part of a river, not including the riverbanks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a channel occupied (or formerly occupied) by a river


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  • What an interesting word! Why bed? Sure, the water lies there, but it also runs there as well. Might as well be rivertrack. But it's not-- and I think it shouldn't be. I wonder how this concept is played out in other languages.

    December 22, 2009