catchment area


: an area that serves to catch water
: the geographical area served by an institution

Examples of catchment area in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This month, the Nature Conservancy, which is leading the project, released the Water Fund’s first statistics, which are based on 4.5 years of preliminary data measuring water flow in six catchment areas. Katharine Houreld, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 But land is still being lost and Conteh points to the fires burning close to the catchment area as a new land grab gets underway. David McKenzie, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 California communities bracing for heavy flooding as record high temperatures melt record amounts of snow More than 50% of the global catchment areas in large river basins experienced deviations from normal discharge conditions in 2022, according to the report. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 12 Oct. 2023 Slated to open at USC Norris next spring, the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Prevention will help to improve access to high-quality cancer screening services and timely treatment for any of the 10.4 million people in the catchment area of L.A. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 10 Oct. 2023 That means leveraging data on foot traffic, sales, and customer demographics to gain new insights into where their brand sits within each different catchment area. Jill Standish, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 In the hands of a sophisticated health system, virtual care expands the catchment area for patient referrals, increases clinical productivity, meets the needs of chronic care patients and creates a more satisfying consumer experience—often translating into higher patient satisfaction scores. Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 But at the time of the project’s conception, global warming was an almost esoteric concept, and in the years that followed, its effects on the catchment area upstream were not thoroughly studied. Bhadra Sharma, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2022 Between the king’s reign during the Parthian era and the fortress location, which was within the catchment area of the Lower Zab River, researchers suggest a link between Rabana-Merquly and the lost city. Erin Berge, Discover Magazine, 19 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of catchment area was in 1844

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“Catchment area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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catchment area

catch·​ment area ˈkach-mənt- How to pronounce catchment area (audio)
: the geographical area served by an institution

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