an area served by a hospital, social service agency, etc.
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How to use catchment area in a sentence
He was off to see to another of his father's interests—that "catchment area" far away up in the mountains.Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
The noblest and most-varied scenery in the north-west Himalaya is in the catchment area of the Jhelam.The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir | Sir James McCrone Douie
The Sutle; has a course of 900 miles, and a large catchment area in the hills.The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir | Sir James McCrone Douie
Here the “antecedent” theory will not suffice, for there is no sufficient catchment area north of the snows to support it.
British Dictionary definitions for catchment area
Also called: catchment basin, drainage area, drainage basin the area of land bounded by watersheds draining into a river, basin, or reservoir
the area from which people are allocated to a particular school, hospital, etc
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Scientific definitions for catchment area
The area drained by a river or body of water.
The area that absorbs water that contributes to a specific region's groundwater supply.
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