catchment

noun

catch·​ment ˈkach-mənt How to pronounce catchment (audio)
ˈkech-
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 Which isn’t to say there are no luxuries in their off-the-grid home, which is equipped with a solar panel array and a rainwater catchment system. David Martindale, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 After crossing into India, the trucks carrying the bottled water run through lush green Darjeeling tea plantations, past road signs marking elephant crossings, and the occasional cluster of teenage boys cooling off in a rain catchment next to rural villages dotted with banana trees. Martha Irvine and Dar Yasin, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023 The reserve plans to create a pond at the end of the catchment for endangered California red-legged frogs and California tiger salamanders, which rely on bodies of freshwater in the winter to breed. Alix Soliman, Hartford Courant, 3 Jan. 2024 Even with a rebate, installing a rainwater catchment system will probably require some upfront investment. Annie Midori Atherton, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 The group also offers a 16-hour online course on how to install and maintain a rain catchment system and a rainwater harvesting manual. Annie Midori Atherton, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 The watering holes were originally created for quail and doves to increase hunting population numbers, but newer catchments grew in size over the years as the agency found that more animals needed a drink. Macie Goldfarb, CNN, 26 July 2023 To go fully off the grid, consider pairing this cabin with power options like solar and propane, a water catchment system, and a composting toilet. Laura Kristine Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Sep. 2023 The water is distributed through 3,000 water catchments that have been installed across the state, including in remote areas, to ensure that wildlife does not die of dehydration, as the state experiences intense heat waves and high temperatures. Saman Shafiq, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of catchment was in 1860

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“Catchment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catchment. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

catchment

noun
catch·​ment ˈkach-mənt How to pronounce catchment (audio)
ˈkech-
1
: the action of catching water
2
: something that catches water
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