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

Examples of catchment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Students must live in a neighborhood zoned for the school and higher quality schools and districts can drive up the price of homes in their catchment areas. Mike Mcshane, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Bocas Bali is being promoted as 100% off-grid -- catchment basins store 100,000 gallons of rainwater, while electricity is generated by solar panels. Karla Cripps, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 All electricity is generated by solar panels, while catchment basins store fresh rainwater for all the retreat’s needs. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2022 Gardens illustrate varied habitat plants, dry streambed bioswales, pool-to-pond conversion, water catchment devices, slope gardens, charming water features, bridges, sculptures and more. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 The study, published Tuesday, examined hospitalizations of children in counties in 14 states whose catchment areas represent about 10% of the U.S. population. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 21 Mar. 2022 California is also testing out catchment strategies—compartments around roads that fill up with the particles and the storm water that carries them, keeping them from the rivers and estuaries. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 7 Mar. 2022 Around 33,000 years ago, a meteorological phenomenon known as the Intertropical Convergence Zone moved southward, which caused flooding of the Zambezi River catchment. Katie Hunt, CNN, 23 Dec. 2021 Rain flows off the church’s roof to the underground catchment, then irrigates a large garden and orchard, which includes tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, figs, and even juju berries. Tara Adhikari, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of catchment

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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13 Jun 2022

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“Catchment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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