Irrigation definition

November 7, 2012

Bible Dictionary definition:

As streams were few in Palestine, water was generally stored up in winter in reservoirs, and distributed through gardens in numerous rills, which could easily be turned or diverted by the foot (Deut. 11:10). For purposes of irrigation, water was raised from streams or pools by waterwheels, or by a shaduf, commonly used on the banks of the Nile to the present day.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

Cultural Dictionary definition:

The artificial provision of water to sustain growing plants. 

Note : Irrigation accounts for the greatest part of water usage in the western United States. 

irrigation definition - ir·ri·ga·tion
[ir-i-gey-shuhn] Show IPA 

1. the artificial application of water to land to assist in the production of crops. 
2. Medicine/Medical . the flushing or washing out of anything with water or other liquid. 
3. the state of being irrigated. 

1605–15; < Latin irrigātiōn-  (stem of irrigātiō ). See irrigate, -ion

Related forms 
ir·ri·ga·tion·al, adjective 
non·ir·ri·ga·tion, noun 
o·ver·ir·ri·ga·tion, noun 
pre·ir·ri·ga·tion, noun 
pre·ir·ri·ga·tion·al, adjective 
pro·ir·ri·ga·tion, adjective 
re·ir·ri·ga·tion, noun

World English Dictionary
irrigate  (

1. to supply (land) with water by means of artificial canals, ditches, etc, esp to promote the growth of food crops 
2. med  to bathe or wash out a bodily part, cavity, or wound 
3. ( tr ) to make fertile, fresh, or vital by or as if by watering 

[C17: from Latin irrigāre,  from rigāre  to moisten, conduct water] 

'irrigableadj. / irri’gation – n / irri’gational – adj. / ‘irrigativeadj.


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