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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
In the Abita River watershed, inspections are underway in the Tammany Hills subdivision near Abita Springs.
Only 17 months ago, William Byron claimed a watershed victory in the Camping World Truck Series at Kansas Speedway.
Though the company continues to sell crocodile-skin handbags and myriad offerings made from leather, animal-rights groups called the move a watershed in their long campaign against the use of mink, fox, rabbit and other hides by the luxury industry.
The college noted on its Facebook page that by using rocks and plants, the sediment and pollutants are removed and cleaned before the water enters the Des Plaines River watershed.
By Friday morning, most watersheds in the Nashville area were returning to normal levels, emergency officials said.
Producer Harvey Weinstein was helping to bankroll and champion watershed features like Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare in Love.
The descriptor is a catchall for the area containing the many watersheds draining into this easternmost section of the Bering Sea, which include the Togiak, Nushagak, Naknek and Kvichak rivers.
The conservation subdivision regulations allow those developments to provide for a clustering of residences away from watersheds and environmentally sensitive areas and require extensive open space and tree cover.
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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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