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Definitions and Synonyms of watershed | Another word for watershed | What is watershed?

Definition 1: an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend - [noun denoting event]

Samples where watershed or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the agreement was a watershed in the history of both nations

Synonyms for watershed in the sense of this definition

(watershed is a kind of ...) an event that occurs at a critical time

"at such junctures he always had an impulse to leave" "it was needed only on special occasions"

(... is a kind of watershed ) (Judeo-Christian mythology) when Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, God punished them by driving them out of the Garden of Eden and into the world where they would be subject to sickness and pain and eventual death

(... is a kind of watershed ) a sudden turning point in a person's life (similar to the sudden conversion of the Apostle Paul on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus of arrest Christians)

Definition 2: a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems - [noun denoting location]

Synonyms for watershed in the sense of this definition

(watershed is a kind of ...) a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent

(... is a kind of watershed ) the watershed of a continent (especially the watershed of North America formed by a series of mountain ridges extending from Alaska to Mexico)

(... is an instance of watershed) that part of the continental divide formed by the Rocky Mountains in the United States

Definition 3: the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; an area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet - [noun denoting location]

Samples where watershed or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • flood control in the Missouri basin

Synonyms for watershed in the sense of this definition

(watershed is a kind of ...) a demarcated area of the Earth

(... is a kind of watershed ) a storage site (such as a small reservoir) that delays the flow of water downstream

(... is a kind of watershed ) a storage site similar to a detention basin but the water in storage is permanently obstructed from flowing downstream

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