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ˈwɔ tərˌʃɛd, ˈwɒt ər-wa·ter·shed

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. watershed, water parting, dividenoun

    a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems

  2. river basin, basin, watershed, drainage basin, catchment area, catchment basin, drainage areanoun

    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, watershednoun

    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"


  1. Watershednoun

    a point in time marking an important transition between two situations, or phases of an activity; a turning point.

  2. Watershednoun

    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; -- called also divide and water parting.


  1. watershednoun

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

  2. watershednoun

    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. watershednoun

    A critical point marking a change in course or development.

  4. watershednoun

    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. Etymology: a calque of Wasserscheide, a compound of Wasser + Scheide.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Watershednoun

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

  2. Watershednoun

    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

  3. Etymology: [Cf. G. wasserscheide; wasser water + scheide a place where two things separate, fr. scheiden to separate.]


  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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of watershed in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of watershed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of watershed in a Sentence

  1. Sam Boland-Brien:

    Conditions deteriorated so quickly, there weren't really alternative options. We had to move forward with the curtailment process. We developed an emergency regulation, that resulted in all kinds of surface water users... in the upper part of this watershed having to stop diversions.

  2. The Rev. Joseph Lowery:

    We had been through sit-ins and kneel-ins where we had been beat up and locked up and cussed out and locked out, it was a milestone, a watershed. It helped America take off the cloak of official segregation.

  3. Richard Isaacson:

    A handful of the most respected scientists and researchers in our field have completely different opinions, whatever the decision is, it's a watershed moment for the field of Alzheimer's disease.

  4. Alannah Hurley:

    It is impossible for Pebble to mitigate the devastation this mine will have on our Native cultures, our way of life that has been sustained for thousands of years by the pristine lands and waters of the Bristol Bay watershed.

  5. Tom Watson:

    This was a watershed moment in my life, winning the Open at Turnberry early in my career against the best player in the game, jack Nicklaus at Turnberry said,' Tom, I gave you my best shot but it was n’t good enough. Congratulations'.

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