catchments

catchment

[kach-muhnt]
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:
1840–50; catch + -ment

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catchment (ˈkætʃmənt)
 
n
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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catchment
1847, from catch (v.) + -ment.
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