American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A receptacle for holding water or other liquid, especially a tank for catching and storing rainwater.
- n. Anatomy A cisterna.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A natural or artificial receptacle or reservoir for holding or storing water or other fluid, most commonly consisting of mason-work sunk in the ground, but sometimes constructed of wood and placed on the tops of houses.
- n. A vessel made of lead to hold a stock of water for household uses; also, one made of silver, copper, or other metal, to put bottles or glasses in.
- n. The vessel inclosing the condenser of a condensing steamengine, and containing the injection-water.
- n. The receptacle into which glass is ladled from the pots to be poured on the table in making plate-glass, or in casting glass; a cuvette.
- n. In decorative art: A large vessel, generally of pottery or porcelain, shallow in proportion to its length and breadth, and usually oval in plan.
- n. A tank or receptacle for water, usually hung upon the wall, and serving to give water, by a spigot or tap, for use in washing, etc.: often of faience or of copper, and a very decorative object. Compare fountain in this sense.
- n. In anatomy, a reservoir or receptacle of some natural fluid of the body.
- n. In mining, a tank in a deep shaft, serving an upper pump with water from a lower one.
- n. A reservoir or tank for holding water, especially for catching and holding rainwater for later use.
- n. technical In a flush toilet, the container in which the water used for flushing is held; a toilet tank.
- n. anatomy A cisterna.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An artificial reservoir or tank for holding water, beer, or other liquids.
- n. A natural reservoir; a hollow place containing water.
- n. an artificial reservoir for storing liquids; especially an underground tank for storing rainwater
- n. a tank that holds the water used to flush a toilet
- n. a sac or cavity containing fluid especially lymph or cerebrospinal fluid
- From Old French cisterne (Modern French citerne) from Latin cisterna, from cista ("box"), from Ancient Greek κίστη (kistē, "box"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cisterne, from Latin cisterna, from cista, box, from Greek kistē, basket. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The water from the cistern is then used to irrigate the landscaping around the four-bedroom home, (which) uses indigenous grasses, shrubs, and flowers to complete the exterior treatment of the home.”
“Not only does the rush of water into the cistern disturb any sleepers on the Prince of Wales Road side of the house, but my cistern is afflicted with peculiarly loud gurglings and thumpings, while frequently the pipes emit a loud groaning sound.”
“Each year there seems to be less and less water sent into my cistern from the city.”
“Once the cistern is filled, an electric pump moves the water up into a smaller holding tank on the roof, from which point it gravity-feeds down into the kitchen or bath whenever a faucet is opened.”
“Cleaving to the cistern is leaving the fountain, and is resented accordingly.”
“The cistern is the central part of our grey water system, collecting rainwater that we then use in the greenhouse and elsewhere.”
“The anteroom of the cistern was a world of watery chaos.”
“Dupin pumps the groundwater into a plastic cistern, which is perched in the rafters like a barn owl.”
“Yet again quoting the project brief in full: The cistern is a contemporary adaptation of historical and regional desert technologies.”
“A cistern is a receptacle for holding liquids, usually water.”
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