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- n. A simple irrigation system, used on sloping land, in which water from a stream or spring is fed in at the top and allowed to trickle down over a number of artificial terraces.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A work or artificial water-course for throwing water on lands that lie on the slopes of hills; a catchdrain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An artificial watercourse or series of watercourses for irrigating such lands as lie on the declivities of hills; a catch-drain. Also called catchwater.
- n. Any mechanical appliance used to arrest motion by means of ratchets, pawls, dogs, and friction gripping-surfaces.
catch + work (Wiktionary)