Watershed meaning

wôtər-shĕd, wŏtər-
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A crucial turning point affecting action, opinion, etc.
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The entire region draining into a river, river system, or other body of water.

A list of reptiles found in the watershed.

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A ridge or stretch of high land dividing the areas drained by different rivers or river systems.
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A critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point.
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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.

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(hydrology) The topographical boundary dividing two adjacent catchment basins, such as a ridge or a crest.
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(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.
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A critical point marking a change in course or development.
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(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...)
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The area drained by a river or river system.
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A continuous ridge of high ground forming a divide between two different drainage basins or river systems.
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The region enclosed by such a divide and draining into a river, river system, or other body of water.
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A ridge of high land dividing two areas that are drained by different river systems.
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Origin of watershed

  • Probably translation of German Wasserscheide water parting, border between watersheds Wasser water Scheide divide, parting

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • water +"Ž shed, a calque of German Wasserscheide, a compound of Wasser (“water") + Scheide (“divide").

    From Wiktionary