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catchment area

an area served by a hospital, social service agency, etc. Unabridged
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  • The popular systems have three major components: the catchment area, the collection device, and the conveyance system.
  • Because it was unable to supply big new customers, companies have tended to set up new factories outside its catchment area.
  • The catchment area, the observation field, become saturated.
  • Establishes requirements for rainwater and storm water retention, detention, and catchment area pond inspection and safety.
British Dictionary definitions for catchment area

catchment area

Also called catchment basin, drainage area, drainage basin. the area of land bounded by watersheds draining into a river, basin, or reservoir
the area from which people are allocated to a particular school, hospital, etc
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catchment area in Science
catchment area
  (kāch'mənt, kěch'-)   
  1. The area drained by a river or body of water.

  2. The area that absorbs water that contributes to a specific region's groundwater supply.

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