ir·​ri·​ga·​tion ˌir-ə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce irrigation (audio)
: the watering of land by artificial means to foster plant growth
: the therapeutic flushing of a body part with a stream of liquid

Examples of irrigation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Approximately 20,000 properties in the Phoenix metropolitan area also receive flood irrigation water from SRP, including schools, recreation areas, urban farms, residential gardens, and orchards. Trilce Estrada Olvera, The Arizona Republic, 15 Feb. 2024 The plants will also require very large quantities of water (think drip irrigation) and the soil will need fertilizers such as nitrogen (large amounts), potassium and phosphates. Barb Sands, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2024 Even if levels fall below 30 percent, water users in Austin will face only minor restrictions, focused mostly on car washing and lawn irrigation. Dylan Baddour, WIRED, 27 Jan. 2024 Although Alaska has 79 thermal springs, half of which are concentrated on the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian chain, only around 20 of them are used for energy, irrigation and bathing. Shoshi Parks, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Jan. 2024 In the 1920s, the Soviet government began to drain the sea for irrigation of cotton and other cash crops. Victoria Milko, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 The site also channeled water to nearby gardens and fields for irrigation. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2024 Farmers will have to reduce their water usage for irrigation by 80%, while the amount of water used for livestock is to be halved, according to the Catalan government. Benjamin Brown, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 Without a sprinkler system, city workers had to drag heavy hoses through the flower beds; a new irrigation system has since solved that. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of irrigation was in 1612

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“Irrigation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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ir·​ri·​ga·​tion ˌir-ə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce irrigation (audio)
: an act or process of irrigating

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