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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Definitions for watershed

  1. an important point of division or transition between two phases, conditions, etc.: The treaty to ban war in space may prove to be one of history's great watersheds.
  2. Chiefly British. the ridge or crest line dividing two drainage areas; water parting; divide.
  3. the region or area drained by a river, stream, etc.; drainage area.

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Citations for watershed
For we stand, although the nation is unaware of the fact, upon a watershed of history; unless due care is taken we shall cross it blindfold and march on to a destination which is hidden from our gaze. Ronald Clark, Queen Victoria's Bomb, 1967
Goethe’s time in Italy marked a watershed in his life. Adam Kirsch, "Design for Living: What's great about Goethe?" The New Yorker, February 1, 2016
Origin of watershed
1795-1805
Watershed may be an ordinary English compound, the element shed having the rare sense “a part made in one’s hair.” Watershed may also be a loan translation from the German compound Wasserscheide (Scheide in German means "boundary, border, limit, divide"). Watershed entered English in the 18th century.
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