[kach-muh nt]


the act of catching water.
something for catching water, as a reservoir or basin.
the water that is caught in such a catchment.

Origin of catchment

First recorded in 1840–50; catch + -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for catchment



the act of catching or collecting water
a structure in which water is collected
the water so collected
British the intake of a school from one catchment area
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Word Origin and History for catchment

1844, from catch (v.) + -ment.

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