irrigation

[ ir-i-gey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪr ɪˈgeɪ ʃən /

noun

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.

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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

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Cultural definitions for non-irrigation

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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