noun Date: 1803 1. a. divide 2a b. a region or area bounded peripherally by a divide and draining ultimately to a particular watercourse or body of water 2. a crucial dividing point, line, or factor ; turning pointwatershed adjective

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • watershed — line separating waters flowing into different rivers, 1803, from WATER (Cf. water) (n.1) + SHED (Cf. shed). A loan translation of Ger. Wasser scheide. Figurative sense is attested from 1878. Meaning ground of a river system is from 1878 …   Etymology dictionary

  • watershed — ► NOUN 1) an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas. 2) a turning point in a state of affairs. 3) Brit. the time after which programmes that are unsuitable for children are broadcast on television …   English terms dictionary

  • watershed — [wôt′ərshed΄] n. 1. a ridge or stretch of high land dividing the areas drained by different rivers or river systems ☆ 2. the area drained by a river or river system 3. a crucial turning point affecting action, opinion, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Watershed — NOTOC Watershed may refer to: * Watershed, drainage divide (non American usage) * Watershed, drainage basin (North American usage) * Watershed (algorithm), an algorithm used in image processing * Watershed area (medical), an area with overlapping …   Wikipedia

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