[ ir-i-gey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪr ɪˈgeɪ ʃən /


the artificial application of water to land to assist in the production of crops.
Medicine/Medical. the flushing or washing out of anything with water or other liquid.
the state of being irrigated.

Origin of irrigation

First recorded in 1605–15, irrigation is from the Latin word irrigātiōn- (stem of irrigātiō). See irrigate, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM irrigation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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Cultural definitions for irrigation


Artificial provision of water to sustain growing plants.

notes for irrigation

Irrigation accounts for the greatest part of water usage in the western United States.
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