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 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 Then, on January 19, thunderstorms dumped large amounts of rain in the Mannus Creek catchment area. Adam Welz, Wired, 21 Mar. 2020 But vast bushfires in and around its catchment area have so far burned more than 148,000 acres of forest. National Geographic, 10 Jan. 2020 By offering benefits to those outside its branch catchment area, Citi hopes to compete against the likes of JPMorgan Chase (JPM), with its much larger network of more than 5,000 branches. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 20 Nov. 2019 All this makes flooding more severe, as deforestation in the catchment area of a river reduces the land’s ability to retain water. Gayathri D Naik, Quartz India, 13 Sep. 2019 The Atewa landscape provides rich forest cover for climate regulation, a show piece to illustrate climate adaptation to avoid drought, reduce poverty and enhance sustainable livelihoods and improve human well being in its catchment area. Alfred Oteng-yeboah, Quartz Africa, 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of catchment area

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Apr 2021

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“Catchment area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of catchment area

technical : the area from which water flows into a river, stream, etc.
chiefly British : the area that a school, hospital, etc., provides a service to

catchment area

catch·​ment area | \ ˈkach-mənt- How to pronounce catchment area (audio) \

Medical Definition of catchment area

: the geographical area served by an institution

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