1. the act of catching water.
  2. something for catching water, as a reservoir or basin.
  3. the water that is caught in such a catchment.


  1. the act of catching or collecting water
  2. a structure in which water is collected
  3. the water so collected
  4. British the intake of a school from one catchment area

1844, from catch (v.) + -ment.

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