catchment basin

Definitions of catchment basin
  1. noun

    the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; an area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet

    basin, catchment area, drainage area, drainage basin, river basin, watershed
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    detention basin

    a storage site (such as a small reservoir) that delays the flow of water downstream
    retention basin

    a storage site similar to a detention basin but the water in storage is permanently obstructed from flowing downstream
    type of:

    geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region

    a demarcated area of the Earth

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