ir·​ri·​ga·​tion | \ˌir-ə-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of irrigation 

1 : the therapeutic flushing of a body part with a stream of liquid

2 : the watering of land by artificial means to foster plant growth

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The home has a geothermal heating and cooling system and two cisterns that capture and reuse rainwater for irrigation. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Another Ultraluxury Mansion Heads to the Auction Block," 1 Oct. 2018 Another gate to the south allows water for irrigation, but is far smaller than the east and west gates. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Massive and toxic algae bloom threatens Florida coasts with another lost summer," 29 June 2018 The government here imposed restrictions on using water for irrigation this month. NBC News, "Cyprus turns off taps to farmers as fresh water levels drop," 22 June 2018 India is predominantly an agricultural country, with 80% of its water used for irrigation, the report says. Swati Gupta, CNN, "India facing its worst water shortage in history, report says," 15 June 2018 The Treasure Valley Water Users Association believes the state is wrongly counting water released for flood-control purposes against how much irrigators can use for irrigation. Nate Poppino, idahostatesman, "Panel will ask Gov. Otter to order special session on Boise water case," 6 June 2018 The home has a multilayered roof system, a 9.2 kilowatt solar photo-voltaic system, two solar water heaters and the use of a private well for irrigation. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Luxury homes: $6M PV mansion has solar photo-voltaic system, views of Mummy Mountain," 30 Apr. 2018 The sprawling Idaho site in high-desert sagebrush steppe sits atop the giant Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer that’s used by cities for drinking water and farmers for irrigation. Washington Post, "Officials say radioactive sludge barrel ruptures now total 4," 25 Apr. 2018 The sprawling Idaho site in high-desert sagebrush steppe sits atop the giant Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer that's used by cities for drinking water and farmers for irrigation. Keith Ridler,, "Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of irrigation

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ir·​ri·​ga·​tion | \ˌir-ə-ˈgā-shən \

Kids Definition of irrigation

: an act or process of supplying with water or cleaning with a flow of liquid

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