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Meaning of WATERSHED

Pronunciation:  'wotur`shed

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a line that divides two adjacent river systems

WATERSHED is a 9 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: divide, water parting
 See Also: continental divide, Great Divide, Great Dividing Range, line



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Wa"ter*shed`\, n. [Cf. G. wasserscheide; wasser water
+ scheide a place where two things separate, fr. scheiden to
1. The whole region or extent of country which contributes to
   the supply of a river or lake.

2. The line of division between two adjacent rivers or lakes
   with respect to the flow of water by natural channels into
   them; the natural boundary of a basin.

Biology Dictionary
  1. An area so sloped as to drain a river and all its tributaries to a single point or particular area. An area from which a river receives its water supply.
  2. The total area above a given point on a watercourse that contributes water to its flow; the entire region drained by a waterway or watercourse that drains into a lake or reservoir.