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knickpoint

/ˈnɪkˌpɔɪnt/
noun
1.
a break in the slope of a river profile caused by renewed erosion by a rejuvenated river
Word Origin
C20: partial translation of German Knickpunkt, from knicken to bend + Punktpoint
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Contemporary definitions for knickpoint
noun

a place in a river where its gradient changes and it begins to flow more steeply; a sharp drop in streambed elevation

Examples

The greater the volume of water flowing over a knickpoint, the faster it cuts upstream.

Word Origin

German knickpunkt 'bend, kink' + 'point'

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