water parting


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Water parting \Water parting\ (Phys. Geog.)
   A summit from the opposite sides of which rain waters flow to
   different streams; a line separating the drainage districts
   of two streams or coasts; a divide; a watershed.
   [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Watershed \Wa"ter*shed`\, n. [Cf. G. wasserscheide; wasser water
   + scheide a place where two things separate, fr. scheiden to
   separate.]
   [1913 Webster]
   1. The whole region or extent of country which contributes to
      the supply of a river or lake.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. 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.
      [1913 Webster +PJC]

   3. a point in time marking an important transition between
      two situations, or phases of an activity; a turning point.
      [PJC]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Divide \Di*vide"\, n.
   A dividing ridge of land between the tributaries of two
   streams; also called watershed and water parting. A
   divide on either side of which the waters drain into two
   different oceans is called a continental divide.
   [1913 Webster +PJC]
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