It can mean a shack for laundry, but, of rivers, it has been used in Germany (wasserscheide) for 600 years, and reached England around 1800 for the divide where they meet. To T.H. Huxley, however, it was the slope down which it flows. If Longfellow (1878) were in charge, one would wait even longer for Tarantino movies: "Midnight! . . . the watershed of Time." The OED has no such use between 1893 and 1962, when the BBC referred to a "new 9.30pm watershed policy." In America, it is an area drained of water: most telly, then, is a watershed.
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