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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
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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