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wa·ter·shed

 (wô′tər-shĕd′, wŏt′ər-)
n.
1. The entire region draining into a river, river system, or other body of water: a list of reptiles found in the watershed.
2. A ridge of high land dividing two areas that are drained by different river systems. Also called divide, water parting.
3. 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).

[Probably translation of German Wasserscheide, water parting, border between watersheds : Wasser, water + Scheide, divide, parting.]

watershed

(ˈwɔːtəˌʃɛd)
n
1. (Physical Geography) the dividing line between two adjacent river systems, such as a ridge
2. an important period or factor that serves as a dividing line

wa•ter•shed

(ˈwɔ tərˌʃɛd, ˈwɒt ər-)

n.
1. the region or area drained by a river, stream, etc.
2. the ridge or crest line dividing two drainage areas.
3. an important point of division or transition.
[1795–1805]

wa·ter·shed

(wô′tər-shĕd′)
1. The entire region that is drained by a river system.
2. A ridge forming a boundary between two different river systems.

watershed

1. divide
2. Land drained by a river and its tributaries.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.watershed - a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systemswatershed - a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems
line - a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
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)
2.watershed - the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributarieswatershed - the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; an area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet; "flood control in the Missouri basin"
detention basin - a storage site (such as a small reservoir) that delays the flow of water downstream
retention basin - a storage site similar to a detention basin but the water in storage is permanently obstructed from flowing downstream
3.watershed - an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments dependwatershed - an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend; "the agreement was a watershed in the history of both nations"
juncture, occasion - an event that occurs at a critical time; "at such junctures he always had an impulse to leave"; "it was needed only on special occasions"
Fall of Man - (Judeo-Christian mythology) when Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, God punished them by driving them out of the Garden of Eden and into the world where they would be subject to sickness and pain and eventual death
road to Damascus - a sudden turning point in a person's life (similar to the sudden conversion of the Apostle Paul on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus of arrest Christians)

watershed

noun turning point, defining moment, pivotal moment Her election in 1990 was a watershed in Irish politics.

watershed

noun
The region drained by a river system:
Translations
خَط تَقسيم المِياه
vandskel
valuma-aluevedenjakaja
vízválasztó
vatnaskil
rozvodie
su bölümü çizgisi

watershed

[ˈwɔːtəʃed] N
1. (Geog) → línea f divisoria de las aguas; (= basin) → cuenca f
the watershed of the Duerola cuenca del Duero
2. (fig) (= decisive moment) → momento m clave, momento m decisivo; (= landmark) → hito m
she had reached a watershed in her careerhabía llegado a un momento clave or decisivo en su carrera profesional
the talks marked a watershed in the peace processlas negociaciones marcaron un hito en el proceso de paz
3. (Brit) (TV) the nine o'clock watershed comienzo de la programación televisiva para adultos a las nueve de la noche

watershed

[ˈwɔːtərʃɛd] n
(in geography)ligne f de partage des eaux
(= important moment) → tournant m
(= TV cutoff time) en Grande Bretagne, heure (21h) avant laquelle les émissions réservées aux adultes sont interdites à la diffusion
after the watershed → après 21 heures

watershed

[ˈwɔːtəˌʃɛd] n (Geog) (also) (fig) → spartiacque m inv

water

(ˈwoːtə) noun
a colourless, transparent liquid compound of hydrogen and oxygen, having no taste or smell, which turns to steam when boiled and to ice when frozen. She drank two glasses of water; `Are you going swimming in the sea?' `No, the water's too cold'; Each bedroom in the hotel is supplied with hot and cold running water; (also adjective) The plumber had to turn off the water supply in order to repair the pipe; transport by land and water.
verb
1. to supply with water. He watered the plants.
2. (of the mouth) to produce saliva. His mouth watered at the sight of all the food.
3. (of the eyes) to fill with tears. The dense smoke made his eyes water.
ˈwaters noun plural
a body of water such as the sea, a river etc. the stormy waters of the bay.
ˈwatery adjective
1. like water; diluted. a watery fluid.
2. (of eyes) full of fluid eg because of illness, cold winds etc.
3. (of a colour) pale. eyes of a watery blue.
ˈwateriness noun

water boatman

a water insect with oarlike back legs that propel it through the water.
ˈwaterborne adjective
carried or transmitted by water. Typhoid is a waterborne disease.
ˈwater-closet noun
(abbreviation WC (dabljuˈsiː) ) a lavatory.
ˈwater-colour noun
a type of paint which is thinned with water instead of with oil.
ˈwatercress noun
a herb which grows in water and is often used in salads.
ˈwaterfall noun
a natural fall of water from a height such as a rock or a cliff.
ˈwaterfowl noun or noun plural
a bird or birds which live on or beside water.
ˈwaterfront noun
that part of a town etc which faces the sea or a lake. He lives on the waterfront.
ˈwaterhole noun
a spring or other place where water can be found in a desert or other dry country. The elephant drank from the waterhole.
ˈwatering-can noun
a container used when watering plants.
water level
the level of the surface of a mass of water. The water level in the reservoir is sinking/rising.
ˈwaterlilyplural ˈwaterlilies noun
a water plant with broad flat floating leaves.
ˈwaterlogged adjective
(of ground) soaked in water.
water main
a large underground pipe carrying a public water supply.
ˈwater-melon
a type of melon with green skin and red flesh.
ˈwaterproof adjective
not allowing water to soak through. waterproof material.
noun
a coat made of waterproof material. She was wearing a waterproof.
verb
to make (material) waterproof.
ˈwatershed noun
an area of high land from which rivers flow in different directions into different basins.
ˈwater-skiing noun
the sport of skiing on water, towed by a motor-boat.
ˈwater-ski verb
ˈwatertight adjective
made in such a way that water cannot pass through.
water vapour
water in the form of a gas, produced by evaporation.
ˈwaterway noun
a channel, eg a canal or river, along which ships can sail.
ˈwaterwheel noun
a wheel moved by water to work machinery etc.
ˈwaterworks noun singular or plural
a place in which water is purified and stored before distribution to an area.
hold water
to be convincing. His explanation won't hold water.
in(to) deep water
in(to) trouble or danger. I got into deep water during that argument.
water down
to dilute. This milk has been watered down.
References in classic literature ?
The creeks that drain that side the Klondike watershed are just as likely to have gold as the creeks that drain this side.
Grey Beaver had crossed the great watershed between Mackenzie and the Yukon in the late winter, and spent the spring in hunting among the western outlying spurs of the Rockies.
The line of watershed, which divides the inland streams from those on the coast, has a height of about 3000 feet, and runs in a north and south direction at the distance of from eighty to a hundred miles from the sea-side.
The phantom of bigness, which London encourages, was laid for ever when she paced from the hall at Howards End to its kitchen and heard the rains run this way and that where the watershed of the roof divided them.
On the opposite slope of the watershed they came down into a level country where were great stretches of forest and many streams, and through these great stretches they ran steadily, hour after hour, the sun rising higher and the day growing warmer.
He was oppressed with a sense of calamity happening, if it were not calamity already happened; and as he crossed the last watershed and dropped down into the valley toward camp, he proceeded with greater caution.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has joined the Proctor Creek community and a variety of partners to participate in a showcase event to share the many environmental activities and services going on in the Proctor Creek watershed in Atlanta, Ga.
com)-- Watershed Security, LLC announced it has achieved the certification of Corporate Fully Qualified Navy Validator (FQNV).
4 million investment in an all-new agricultural outreach and assistance program, the Regional Agricultural Watershed Assessment Program, to improve water quality in six different watersheds throughout the state.
Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide funding to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in selected watersheds within the Bayou Bartholomew watershed in Jefferson and Lincoln counties.
USING INFORMATION ON WATERSHED SERVICES AS THE DRIVER OF LOCAL