Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A modification of the Persian wheel used in Egypt for raising water for purposes of irrigation. It consists essentially of a vertical wheel to which earthen pots are attached on projecting spokes. a second vertical wheel on the same axis with cogs, and a large horizontal cogged wheel, which gears with the other cogged wheel. The large wheel, being turned by oxen or other draft-animals, puts in motion the other two wheels, the one carrying the pitchers dipping into a well or a deep pit adjoining and supplied with water from a river. The pitchers are thus emptied into a tank at a higher level, whence the water is led off in a network of channels over the neighboring fields. Instead of the pitchers being attached directly to the wheel when the level of the water is very low, they are attached to an endless rope. The construction of these machines is usually very rude.
- n. alternative spelling of sakia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of water wheel used in Egypt for raising water, from wells or pits, in buckets attached to its periphery or to an endless rope.
“And the sakieh raises its wailing, wayward voice and sings to the shadoof; and the shadoof sings to the sakieh; and the lifted water falls and flows away into the green wilderness of doura that, like”
“The brown children of the Nile, the toilers who sing their antique songs by the shadoof and the sakieh, the dragomans, the smiling goblin merchants, the Bedouins who lead your camel into the pale recesses of the dunes -- these will not trouble themselves about your deep desires, your perhaps yearning hunger of the heart and the imagination.”
“Crouched in his net behind the drowsy oxen, the little boy circles the livelong day with the sakieh.”
“The sakieh droned in my ears no more like distant Sicilian pipes playing at Natale.”
“On a carpet spread in the shade which fringed some open ground beside the sakieh, Elias and the Frank reclined at ease.”
“Then Iskender came out upon the pathway, and walked along it till he reached the sakieh.”
“He said, "That's all right," and gave his hand to Iskender, who all at once beheld the beauty of the trees and sky, the wealth of crimson flowers above the sakieh.”
“a wealth of crimson flowers, wreathing a rough arbour built to shade the sakieh, contrasted the dark foliage of the fruit-trees.”
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