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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
To these vintners, Measure C’s provisions are modest: New vineyards must be kept at least 25 feet away from streams, and only 795 acres of oak trees in land zoned as agricultural watershed may be removed in order to plant vineyards.
Between now and the end of August, two state panels will recommend to the General Assembly whether Tilcon should get to turn more than 100 acres of protected watershed into a gravel quarry.
But this pilot season could be something of a watershed.
In 2015, the search for a binational approach to the issues led to Minute 320, a U.S.-Mexico agreement that looked at ways to resolve issues in the watershed.
The town of Marshall, which has a population of about 900, had long wanted to protect the watershed.
The discovery of REM sleep in 1951 marks one of the major watershed moments in the science of dreams.
The conservancy helped the Conservation Trust for North Carolina conserve Asheville's watershed.
Coke supports several such water-conservation projects and focuses on replenishing by providing access to clean water, conserving and restoring watersheds, harvesting rainwater and providing water for irrigation.
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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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