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catchment

[kach-muh nt] /ˈkætʃ mənt/
noun
1.
the act of catching water.
2.
something for catching water, as a reservoir or basin.
3.
the water that is caught in such a catchment.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; catch + -ment
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Examples from the web for catchment
  • One doctor is responsible for a catchment area of a couple of city blocks.
  • They can also charge high fees from students from outside their official catchment areas.
  • As such, the dam and catchment simply isn't large enough to hold all the water.
British Dictionary definitions for catchment

catchment

/ˈkætʃmənt/
noun
1.
the act of catching or collecting water
2.
a structure in which water is collected
3.
the water so collected
4.
(Brit) the intake of a school from one catchment area
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Word Origin and History for catchment
n.

1844, from catch (v.) + -ment.

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