catchment

[ kach-muh nt ]
/ ˈkætʃ mənt /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. catchfly,
  2. catching,
  3. catching pen,
  4. catchingly,
  5. catchline,
  6. catchment area,
  7. catchment board,
  8. catchpenny,
  9. catchphrase,
  10. catchpole

Origin of catchment

First recorded in 1840–50; catch + -ment

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British Dictionary definitions for catchment

catchment

/ (ˈkætʃmənt) /

noun

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

catchment

n.

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

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