Definitions for Watershedˈwɔ tərˌʃɛd, ˈwɒt ər-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wa•ter•shedˈwɔ tərˌʃɛd, ˈwɒt ər-(n.)

  1. the region or area drained by a river, stream, etc.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  2. the ridge or crest line dividing two drainage areas.

    Category: Geography (terms), British

  3. an important point of division or transition.

Origin of watershed:

1795–1805

Princeton's WordNet

  1. watershed, water parting, divide(noun)

    a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems

  2. river basin, basin, watershed, drainage basin, catchment area, catchment basin, drainage area(noun)

    the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; an area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet

    "flood control in the Missouri basin"

  3. landmark, turning point, watershed(noun)

    an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend

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

Wiktionary

  1. watershed(Noun)

    The topographical boundary dividing two adjacent catchment basins, such as a ridge or a crest.

  2. watershed(Noun)

    A region of land within which water flows down into a specified body, such as a river, lake, sea, or ocean; a drainage basin.

  3. watershed(Noun)

    A critical point marking a change in course or development.

  4. watershed(Noun)

    The time after which material of more adult nature (violence, swear words, sex) may be broadcast on television or radio, either one laid down or one contrived (e.g. when children are not watching...)

  5. Origin: a calque of Wasserscheide, a compound of Wasser + Scheide.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Watershed(noun)

    the whole region or extent of country which contributes to the supply of a river or lake

  2. Watershed(noun)

    the line of division between two adjacent rivers or lakes with respect to the flow of water by natural channels into them; the natural boundary of a basin

Freebase

  1. Watershed

    In broadcasting, watershed is the point in time after which programmes with adult content may be broadcast. In the same way that a watershed in British and Australian usage refers to "the ridge or crest line dividing two drainage basins", a broadcasting watershed serves as a dividing line. It divides the day into the overnight period where family-oriented programming suitable for children may be aired and where programming aimed at or suitable for a more adult audience is permitted, though not required. It may also mean the period of time during which programmes with adult content may be broadcast. Examples of adult content include, but are not limited to, graphic violence, horror, strong language, nudity, sexual intercourse, gambling, and drug use, or references to these themes without necessarily portraying them. In most countries, the same set of rules also apply to radio advertisements and television commercials, both for the content of the commercial and the nature of the product or service being advertised. Watershed has other names in other countries; it is known as safe harbor in the United States, and as adult time in Venezuela.


Translations for Watershed

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

watershed(noun)

an area of high land from which rivers flow in different directions into different basins.

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