catch·​ment | \ ˈkach-mənt How to pronounce catchment (audio) , 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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These catchments collect rain and eventually overflow, allowing excess rain to flow into rivers, at times causing flooding. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Will Bring Us Heavy Rains and Droughts at the Same Time," 14 Dec. 2018 But soil in catchments has been warming and drying across the planet. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Will Bring Us Heavy Rains and Droughts at the Same Time," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of catchment

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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