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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A catching or collecting of water, especially rainwater.
  • n. A structure, such as a basin or reservoir, used for collecting or draining water.
  • n. The amount of water collected in such structure.
  • n. A catchment area.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any structure or land feature which catches and holds water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A surface of ground on which water may be caught and collected into a reservoir.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Drainage: rarely used except in the following phrases.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a structure in which water is collected (especially a natural drainage area)

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