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WATERSHED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does watershed mean? 

WATERSHED (noun)
  The noun WATERSHED has 2 senses:

1. a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems
2. an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend

  Familiarity information: WATERSHED used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


WATERSHED (noun)


Sense 1watershed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

water parting; watershed; divide

Hypernyms ("watershed" is a kind of...):

line (a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "watershed"):

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

Instance hyponyms:

Great Divide (that part of the continental divide formed by the Rocky Mountains in the United States)


Sense 2watershed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

turning point; landmark; watershed

Context example:

the agreement was a watershed in the history of both nations

Hypernyms ("watershed" is a kind of...):

juncture; occasion (an event that occurs at a critical time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "watershed"):

Fall of Man ((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)

road to Damascus (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))


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