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 The Indus Valley Civilization had some of the most extensive rainwater catchment infrastructures. Chandra Dake, Forbes, "Water As An Income Source: Empowering Rainwater Harvesting Through Entrepreneurship," 5 Mar. 2021 The house also features a rainwater catchment system. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, "Kentucky ranks high for off-the-grid living potential," 28 Dec. 2020 The lakes’ water cycles are governed by rainfall on highland catchment areas, evaporation, and seepage. Sean Avery, Quartz Africa, "Scientists are worried about the impact of Kenya’s Rift Valley lakes flooding," 16 Oct. 2020 Rainwater catchment systems work great and can be a steady source for watering a garden, but be sure to look into the laws dictating water harvesting rights in your state. Scott Yorko, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Set Up an Off-the-Grid Getaway," 8 Oct. 2020 Districts with catchment areas under some sort of evacuation alert have told families to focus on their safety above all else as fires have consumed more than 1 million acres across the state. oregonlive, "Oregon wildfires cancel classes, ground school meal deliveries across the state," 12 Sep. 2020 Couvillion built an underwater catchment system and installed it in April 2019. Tristan Baurick,, "Judge dismisses Taylor Energy lawsuit against company cleaning up its oil leak," 1 Sep. 2020 New approaches can also be distributed over a larger catchment or allow for selecting providers from coast to coast through greater telehealth options. Mohammed Saeed, Quartz, "Why AI is the next way patients will choose their doctors," 26 June 2020 Another soft project is the Bluebelt, a system of creeks, catchment basins, and wetlands built weaving through Staten Island neighborhoods, to take pressure off of the borough’s fragile and insufficient sewer system. Willa Glickman, The New York Review of Books, "New York’s Rising Tides: Climate Inequality and Sandy’s Legacy," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of catchment

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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9 Mar 2021

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“Catchment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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