Definition of catchment in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkatʃm(ə)nt/


1 [mass noun] The action of collecting water, especially the collection of rainfall over a natural drainage area: water catchment continues the whole year round
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  • Maasai have complained that settlement in the drought-prone area by Kipsigis has harmed water catchment for the Ewaso Nyiro river, which the Maasai use to water their cattle.
  • Since we were unable to reach the villages upstream, we cannot establish whether the river had water catchment or storage facilities upstream.
  • My job was to assess the water flows and catchment yields of these various areas, so I know them well.
2A catchment area.
Example sentences
  • If the latter was the case, there could be a higher risk of winter flooding in a number of the region's river catchments.
  • It suggested that 20 catchments / regions highly affected by salinity be addressed first.
  • The Tararua Forest Park protects mountain landscapes, considerable tracts of indigenous forests and the upper catchments of many rivers.
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