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1. Of, relating to, or inhabiting a river or stream.
2. Produced by the action of a river or stream.

[Middle English, from Latin fluviālis, from fluvius, river, from fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈfluːvɪəl) or


(Physical Geography) of, relating to, or occurring in a river: fluvial deposits.
[C14: from Latin fluviālis, from fluvius river, from fluere to flow]


(ˈflu vi əl)

1. of or pertaining to a river.
2. produced by or found in a river.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin fluviālis, derivative of fluvi(us) river]
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Adj.1.fluvial - of or relating to or happening in a river; "fluvial deposits"


[ˈfluːvɪəl] ADJfluvial


adjin Flüssen, fluvial (spec); fluvial waterFlusswasser nt
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The overall accuracy of this tool ranges from 70 percent to 80 percent, which can be termed as quite good considering the uncertainty in fluvial process.
Fluvial process and the establishment of bottomland trees.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 19 are characterized by deep to moderate incision and erosion which indicates their development under high degree of tectonic activity and dominance of hillslope processes, rather than fluvial processes. Based on the results of all these indices, the basins along the JFZ are divided into three categories of tectonic activity i.e.
These values are similar to those of some recent glaciated areas, where glacial and fluvial processes coincide (Sweet & Brannan 2016).
However, whether aeolian sand affects flash floods in desert rivers is still unknown, because wind and water erosion are traditionally studied separately and high infiltration rates of rainfall on sand dunes seem to preclude runoff in desert regions, and thus aeolian sand does not influence fluvial processes. But on the basis of field observations in some desert streams, active aeolian sand dunes have been found to move downwind and deposit sand in the channels during the windy season; this sand may be transported downstream in the form of suspended sediment by floods in the rainy season.
The bankfull characteristics of alluvial rivers are basic research topics in fluvial processes [1, 2].
Fluvial processes and morphological response in the Yellow and Weihe rivers to closure and operation of Sanmenxia dam.
For instance, a sampling of topics associated with streams includes the following; nutrient cycling and biogeochemical processes, transient and hyporheic zone storage, stream/floodplain interactions, stream restoration and streambank stabilization, fluvial processes, streambank erosion and failure, aquatic habitat studies, and maintaining environmental flows.
Large wood and fluvial processes. Freshwater Biology, 47: 601-619, 2002.