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the act of catching water.
something for catching water, as a reservoir or basin.
the water that is caught in such a catchment.
Historical Examples

It therefore belongs to the catchment basin of the Sutlej and not to the Indus, and the Tseti-la is a pass of secondary order.
Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 2 (of 2) Sven Hedin

The catchment basin is surrounded by a ridge or watershed line, continuous except at the point where the river finds an outlet.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 1 Various

Immunity from floods can be effected only by the construction of catchment reservoirs in the highlands or levees in the lowlands.
The Passaic Flood of 1903 Marshall Ora Leighton

He was off to see to another of his father’s interests—that “catchment area” far away up in the mountains.
Mushroom Town Oliver Onions

The noblest and most-varied scenery in the north-west Himalaya is in the catchment area of the Jhelam.
The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir Sir James McCrone Douie

Of the whole rainfall on the catchment basin, a part only finds its way to the stream.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 1 Various

the act of catching or collecting water
a structure in which water is collected
the water so collected
(Brit) the intake of a school from one catchment area

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


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