Watershed Wa"ter*shed`, n. [Cf. G. wasserscheide; wasser water + scheide a place where two things separate, fr. scheiden to separate.] [1913 Webster] 1. The whole region or extent of country which contributes to the supply of a river or lake. [1913 Webster]

2. The line of division between two adjacent rivers or lakes with respect to the flow of water by natural channels into them; the natural boundary of a basin; -- called also {divide} and {water parting}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. a point in time marking an important transition between two situations, or phases of an activity; a turning point. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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