Posted by Bob on July 04, 2006
In Reply to: Watershed experience posted by John O'Neill on July 04, 2006
: question: Iam trying to find the full meaning and origin of the phrase a "watershed experience". I have found very little on the internet,perhaps because I don't know how to use it but most phrase meaning sites do not have this phrase or are user unfriendly or only supply a short bit such as 'a defining experience'. That isn't what I looking for-iwant a more complete explanation. thank you
It seems clear that you're really looking for a definition of the word watershed, which would clarify the phrase. Here's one from Dictionary.com:
wa·ter·shed Pronunciation Key (wôtr-shd, wtr-)
A ridge of high land dividing two areas that are drained by different river systems. Also called water parting.
The region draining into a river, river system, or other body of water.
A critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point: "a watershed in modern American history, a time that... forever changed American social attitudes" (Robert Reinhold).
- Watershed election, experience ESC 04/July/06