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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
Greenwald said pollution, agricultural runoff, sediment and development of the Cahaba watershed are the most likely cause of the snail's decline and still its biggest threat.
The ruling ordered the government to complete final consultations on a land use plan that will protect roughly 80 percent of the watershed.
The flood of human waste came as storms drenched the region, washing pollution from the urban environment into watersheds and potentially flushing sewage from leaky pipes through groundwater into rivers and creeks.
The Atlantic attributed Houston’s current plight to much the same—misguided or insufficient attempts to engineer away the problem of urban sprawl across a vast watershed prone to hurricanes.
This week marked a watershed then, with German electronic musician Schiller bringing his pulsating beats to awestruck audiences in the capital Tehran.
The launch of futures on a regulated exchange is a watershed for bitcoin, whose surge this year has captivated everyone from mom-and-pop speculators to Wall Street trading firms.
Greater Bay Area: Point Reyes National Seashore, at Pierce Ranch and Muddy Hollow; Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (reopens to public access in February) near Suisun City; Calaveras watershed near Sunol Regional Wilderness; flank of Mount Hamilton.
Basically, hydrologists try to figure out the absolute largest amount of water that could ever come shooting down a watershed, based on storm size and ground characteristics.
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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
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