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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
That program helped more than 175 homeowners transform their landscapes into climate-appropriate mini-watersheds that not only save water, but achieve additional benefits such as reducing storm water runoff and lessening green waste.
Held earlier this month in Chicago, the 2018 James Beard Awards were a watershed.
Last week, county officials announced plans to install dozens of advanced stream gauges at 16 spots in a four-square-mile watershed in the area as part of a plan to find ways to improve flood-warning systems for Ellicott City.
Judging by geography, the remains are likely those of a Leni Lenape, people who lived for thousands of years along the Delaware River watershed in what is now New Jersey, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, and New York City.
That 2003 race was a watershed as the organizers ditched the prize money and went all-in on the funky, quirky, hometown race.
The dual graduation of Loon and Wing—both big, ambitious, projects—marks a watershed for X and perhaps the moment when the secretive research and design division starts to make good on its mission.
Separately, the state board expects to release later this year a parallel proposal for allowing more of the Sacramento River watershed to cascade through the Delta and wash out to sea.
Each patch represents a watershed—a hydrographic basin—where all rainfall drains into a common outlet.
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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."
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
Definition of watershed for Students
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