catch·​ment | \ˈkach-mənt, ˈkech-\

Definition of catchment 

1 : something that catches water also : the amount of water caught

2 : the action of catching water

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Experts on the scene tell PM that a fan from one of the engines was recovered in a catchment basin, downhill from the crash site. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking Myths About United Flight 93," 10 Sep. 2018 The geographic catchment has been expanded to include the Carolinas, Tennessee and Kentucky. Max Watman, WSJ, "‘Travels With Foxfire’ Review: Like They Do in the Mountains," 16 Aug. 2018 Homes get their water from the rainfall, using water catchments to pump into households. Nour Malas, WSJ, "Volcano Eruption Shakes Hawaiian Paradise," 8 May 2018 In contrast, at a later ceremonial site where the catchment was quite small, all of the objects and human remains were from the immediate environs, as evidenced by strontium analysis. Charles Stanish, Smithsonian, "How Feasting Rituals Help Shape Human Civilization," 5 July 2018 Same goes for water: Los Angeles is betting big on catchment, and San Diego diversified its portfolio with desalination. Matt Simon, WIRED, "LA Is Doing Water Better Than Your City. Yes, That LA," 12 June 2018 In addition to desalination and the use of recycled waste water, the city-state gives priority to building reservoirs and catchments to collect as much natural water as possible. Kamakshi Ayyar, Time, "The Global Water Crisis: Why Are India’s Taps Running Dry?," 6 June 2018 At first, the city used the stony ridge for woodlots and rain catchments. William J. Broad, New York Times, "How the Ice Age Shaped New York," 5 June 2018 Most are single-story structures fitted with solar panels and rain-catchment systems since there's no municipal water supply in the area. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "It will be months before lava from Hawaii volcano can be removed from neighborhoods," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of catchment

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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