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drainage basin

the area drained by a river and all its tributaries.
Also called catchment area, drainage area.
Compare watershed (def 2).
Origin of drainage basin
1880-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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drainage basin

another name for catchment area
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drainage basin
An area drained by a river system. A drainage basin includes all areas that gather precipitation water and direct it to a particular stream, stream system, lake, or other body of standing water.
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