Meaning of IRRIGATION in English


ˌirəˈgāshən noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Latin irrigation-, irrigatio, from irrigatus + -ion, -io, -ion

1. : the action or process of irrigating: as

a. : the artificial watering of land (as by canals, ditches, pipes, or flooding) to supply moisture for plant growth

irrigation ditches

growing crops by irrigation

also : a single watering by such means

the berries will need another irrigation if it doesn't rain soon

b. : application of a continuous stream of liquid to a part of the body for a therapeutic purpose

wound irrigation

2. : a refreshing or making fertile as if by watering

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