consumptive use

   The quantity of water used annually by crops or natural vegetation due to transpiration, tissue building, and evaporation from adjacent soil [16].

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  • consumptive use — /kənsʌmptɪv ˈjus/ (say kuhnsumptiv yoohs) noun the use of a resource in such a way that its supply is reduced, as in diverting water from a water source for consumption, as for household water supply, irrigation, stock watering, etc. Compare non… …   Australian English dictionary

  • consumptive use — activities such as fishing, which remove parts of the resource …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • consumptive use — noun : the total seasonal water loss from an area of land due to plant growth and evaporation usually being expressed in acre feet …   Useful english dictionary

  • non-consumptive use — /nɒn kənsʌmptɪv ˈjus/ (say non kuhnsumptiv yoohs) noun the use of water diverted from a water source which is then returned to that water source, as for industrial cooling, fish farming, power generation, etc. Compare consumptive use …   Australian English dictionary

  • non-consumptive use — use of aquatic resources without consumption, e.g. scuba diving, observing fishes migrations in streams, or even valuing natural resources without observing them …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • Consumptive water use — is water removed from available supplies without return to a water resources system (e.g., water used in manufacturing, agriculture, and food preparation that is not returned to a stream, river, or water treatment plant). Evaporation from the… …   Wikipedia

  • consumptive wildlife use — consumptive harvest …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • use up — verb 1. use up (resources or materials) (Freq. 3) this car consumes a lot of gas We exhausted our savings They run through 20 bottles of wine a week • Syn: ↑consume, ↑eat up, ↑eat, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • consumptive — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. destructive, immoderate, devastating; see harmful , wasteful . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Relating to or afflicted with tuberculosis. No longer in scientific use: phthisic (no longer in scientific use),… …   English dictionary for students

  • consumptive — consumptively, adv. consumptiveness, n. /keuhn sump tiv/, adj. 1. tending to consume; destructive; wasteful. 2. pertaining to consumption by use. 3. Pathol. a. pertaining to or of the nature of consumption. b. disposed to or affected with… …   Universalium

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