catchment area


Definition of catchment area

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

Examples of catchment area in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in the way stand Auroville’s youth center, a water catchment area and hundreds of trees. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2022 Coleraine’s catchment area is the Causeway Coast and Glens local government area, with a population of 144,000, similar to Rochdale, Oldham and a host of other rugby league towns. Mike Meehall Wood, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 He was supposed to get double that amount from Iran, which controls 70% of the dam’s 7,000-square-mile catchment area and which recently activated a 29-mile diversionary tunnel siphoning away most of the Sirwan River. Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2021 The fridge’s mechanical parts replenish their lubricant by recycling the oil that has pooled in the catchment area. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2021 However, when Les Halles, Paris's former food market opened in the same catchment area, the store struggled to retained its customers, eventually fell into disrepair, and was forced to close in 2005 for safety reasons. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Third, stratify deidentified patient outcome data available regarding the clinical services the medical center provides not just by race and ethnicity but by ZIP code within the institution’s catchment area. Wari Allison, STAT, 24 Apr. 2021 In an effort to understand the varied needs within a multicultural community, Promise Neighborhood programs are required to conduct door-to-door surveys of families in their catchment area. Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2020 For instance, the forest cover of its catchment area is reported to have declined from 70% to 15% over the past 50 years, leading to greater runoff into rivers and thence to the lake. Sean Avery, Quartz Africa, 16 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of catchment area

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Catchment area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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catchment area

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Medical Definition of catchment area

: the geographical area served by an institution

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