continental divide


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Continental Divide

The hydrographic line extending from Alaska to Mexico that divides the parts of North America whose waters drain to the Pacific Ocean from those parts that drain to the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. The portion of it running along the crest of the Rocky Mountains is often called the Great Divide.

continental divide

n.
An extensive stretch of high ground from each side of which the river systems of a continent flow in opposite directions.

continental divide

n
(Physical Geography) the watershed of a continent, esp (often caps.) the principal watershed of North America, formed by the Rocky Mountains

continen′tal divide′


n.
1. a divide separating river systems that flow to opposite sides of a continent.
2. (caps.) Also called Great Divide. the watershed in North America formed by the Rocky Mountains, separating streams flowing west from those flowing east.
[1865–70]

con·ti·nen·tal divide

(kŏn′tə-nĕn′tl)
A region of high ground, from each side of which the river systems of a continent flow in opposite directions. ♦ In North America, the Continental Divide is a series of mountain ridges stretching from Alaska to Mexico.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.continental divide - the watershed of a continent (especially the watershed of North America formed by a series of mountain ridges extending from Alaska to Mexico)continental divide - the watershed of a continent (especially the watershed of North America formed by a series of mountain ridges extending from Alaska to Mexico)
water parting, watershed, divide - a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems
Great Divide - that part of the continental divide formed by the Rocky Mountains in the United States
North America - a continent (the third largest) in the western hemisphere connected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama
Translations
divisoria continental
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And so they dropped the dry sands and moon-struck rocks of Arizona behind them, and grilled on till the crash of the couplings and the wheeze of the brake-hose told them they were at Coolidge by the Continental Divide.
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Help build history with the Continental Divide Trail Alliance: The Colorado section of the Continental Divide Trail meanders some 800 miles through some of the state's most incredible yet rugged landscapes.
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