catchwork definition

  • noun:
    • an easy irrigation system, applied to sloping land, which water from a stream or springtime is given in towards the top and allowed to trickle-down over many synthetic terraces.
    • A work or synthetic water-course for putting water on places that lie on the slopes of mountains; a catchdrain.
    • An artificial watercourse or number of watercourses for irrigating these types of lands as lie on declivities of hills; a catch-drain. Also known as catchwater.
    • Any technical appliance regularly arrest motion in the shape of ratchets, pawls, puppies, and rubbing gripping-surfaces.

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