continental divide
Divide Di*vide", n. A dividing ridge of land between the tributaries of two streams; also called {watershed} and {water parting}. A divide on either side of which the waters drain into two different oceans is called a {continental divide}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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  • continental divide — 1. a divide separating river systems that flow to opposite sides of a continent. 2. (caps.) (in North America) the line of summits of the Rocky Mountains, separating streams flowing toward the Gulf of California and the Pacific from those flowing …   Universalium

  • continental divide — continen′tal divide′ n. 1) geo a divide separating river systems that flow to opposite sides of a continent 2) geo geg (caps.) Also called Great Divide the watershed in North America formed by the Rocky Mountains, separating streams flowing west… …   From formal English to slang

  • continental divide — noun the watershed of a continent (especially the watershed of North America formed by a series of mountain ridges extending from Alaska to Mexico) • Regions: ↑North America • Hypernyms: ↑watershed, ↑water parting, ↑divide • Part Meronyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Continental Divide — or Great Divide geographical name the watershed of North America comprising the line of highest points of land separating the waters flowing W from those flowing N or E, coinciding with various ranges of the Rockies, & extending SSE from NW… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • continental divide — /ˌkɒntənɛntəl dəˈvaɪd/ (say .kontuhnentuhl duh vuyd) noun Geology the line along which the waterways in a continent divide with one set flowing in one direction and the others in the opposite direction …   Australian English dictionary

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