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Examples of watershed in a Sentence
The show will not air until after the nine o'clock watershed.
a watershed moment in her life came when she inherited a reasonable sum of money and was able to start her own coffee shop
Recent Examples of watershed from the Web
The 27-year-old publication closely tracks developments in the health of the Chesapeake and efforts across the six states in the bay watershed to reduce pollution.
Of all the analogies that come up in discussing blockchains, perhaps the most frequently cited is the design, in the 1970s, of TCP/IP—the watershed networking protocol that enabled computers to talk to one another and swap data and info.
From watershed wins in the Hunt Cup to being outscored 9-0 in its last two USL games.
Construction of a 1.7-mile long berm at the Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to keep invasive Asian carp from transferring between the watersheds of the Wabash River in Indiana and the Lake Erie watershed in Ohio.
Heavy rain Saturday night saturated the ground in the Indian Creek watershed that runs from Olathe through Leawood and into Kansas City.
Kings Branch is a tributary to Sugar Creek in the Catawba River watershed.
Parasites, viruses and bacteria from feces can make their way into the watershed and lurk, invisible, until hikers slurp them up.
That’s why this case is indeed a watershed for Catholicism and Francis himself.
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watershed Has Geographic Origins
Opinion on the literal geographic meaning of "watershed" is divided. On one side of the debate are those who think the word can only refer to a ridge of land separating rivers and streams flowing in one direction from those flowing in the opposite direction. That's the term's original meaning, one probably borrowed in the translation of the German Wasserscheide. On the other side of the argument are those who think "watershed" can also apply to the area through which such divided water flows. The latter sense is now far more common in America, but most Americans have apparently decided to leave the quarrel to geologists and geographers while they use the term in its figurative sense, "turning point."
First Known Use of watershed
Synonymsclimacteric, climax, corner, landmark, milepost, milestone, turning point
Related Wordsbreak, capper, clincher, crusher, highlight, topper; conversion, metamorphosis, transfiguration, transformation, turnabout, turnaround; boiling point, breaking point, clutch, conjuncture, crisis, crossroad (s), crunch, crunch time, Dunkirk, emergency, exigency, extremity, flash point, head, juncture, zero hour
WATERSHED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of watershed for English Language Learners
: a time when an important change happens
: a line of hills or mountains from which rivers drain : a ridge between two rivers
: the area of land that includes a particular river or lake and all the rivers, streams, etc., that flow into it
WATERSHED Defined for Kids
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