- a ridge or stretch of high land dividing the areas drained by different rivers or river systems
- the area drained by a river or river system
- a crucial turning point affecting action, opinion, etc.
A watershed in New Zealand.
The definition of a watershed is a ridge or basin dividing the areas drained by different rivers.
An example of watershed is the hills and area above a reservoir.
- The entire region draining into a river, river system, or other body of water: a list of reptiles found in the watershed. Also called basin . Also called drainage basin .
- A ridge of high land dividing two areas that are drained by different river systems. Also called divide . Also called water parting .
- A critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point: “a watershed in modern American history, a time that … forever changed American social attitudes” ( Robert Reinhold )
Origin of watershedProbably translation of German Wasserscheide water parting, border between watersheds Wasser water Scheide divide, parting
- A continuous ridge of high ground forming a divide between two different drainage basins or river systems.
- The region enclosed by such a divide and draining into a river, river system, or other body of water.
- (hydrology) The topographical boundary dividing two adjacent catchment basins, such as a ridge or a crest.
- (US) A region of land within which water flows down into a specified body, such as a river, lake, sea, or ocean; a drainage basin.
- A critical point marking a change in course or development.
- (Canada, UK) The time after which material of more adult nature (violence, swear words, sex) may be broadcast on television or radio, either one laid down or one contrived (e.g. when children are not watching...)
- The line of the highest summits and of the watershed ranges is about 30 to 40 m.
- The lake in Peru which is third in size is that of Parinacochas on the coast watershed, near the foot of the snowy peak of Sarasara.
- "North of the principal watershed forest trees and general verdure refresh the eye.
- The present caravan road keeps the high ground to the west near the watershed, and avoids the Pass of Michmash altogether.
- It is known that the Kafirs occupy the crest of the Hindu Kush eastwards of the Khawak, but how far they extend north of the main watershed is not ascertainable.