American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An artificial, usually underground conduit for carrying off sewage or rainwater.
- n. A medieval servant who supervised the serving of meals.
- n. One that sews: a sewer of fine clothing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who sews or uses the needle.
- n. Specifically.
- n. In bookbinding, the operator, usually a woman, who sews together the sections of a book.
- n. In entomology, the larva of a tortricid moth, one of the leaf-rollers or leaf-folders, as Phoxopteris nubeculana, the. apple-leaf sewer.
- n. A person charged with the service of the table, especially a head servant or upper servant in such a capacity.
- n. A conduit or canal constructed, especially in a town or city, to carry off superfluous water, soil, and other matters; a public drain.
- n. In anatomy and zoology, a cloaca.
- To drain by means of sewers; provide with sewers.
- To empty as a sewer; discharge sewage.
- n. A pipe or system of pipes used to remove human waste and to provide drainage.
- n. now historical A servant attending at a meal, responsible for seating arrangements, serving dishes etc.
- n. A person who sews.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who sews, or stitches.
- n. (Zoöl.) A small tortricid moth whose larva sews together the edges of a leaf by means of silk
- n. A drain or passage to carry off water and filth under ground; a subterraneous channel, particularly in cities.
- n. Formerly, an upper servant, or household officer, who set on and removed the dishes at a feast, and who also brought water for the hands of the guests.
- n. a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water
- n. someone who sews
- n. misfortune resulting in lost effort or money
- From Anglo-Norman asseour, from Old French asseoir ("find a seat for"), from Latin assidēre, present active participle of assideō ("attend to"), from ad ("to, towards, at") + sedeō ("sit"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman sewere, from Vulgar Latin *exaquāria : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin aquāria, feminine of aquārius, pertaining to water (from aqua, water; see akw-ā- in Indo-European roots).Middle English, from Anglo-Norman asseour, from asseer, to seat guests, from Latin assidēre, to sit down : ad-, ad- + sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Or, if the sewer pipes in the walls of the house, or in the ground under the cellar, are not properly trapped and guarded, _sewer gas_ may escape into the house from them, and this also is most unwholesome, and even dangerous.”
“Sometimes it is just trash, though, gathered along the curbside or stuffed in sewer grates.”
“Water/sewer is different in each "zona" -- I live in the high-rate zone.”
“Birmingham News – Majority of Jefferson County commissioners now considering bankruptcy option in sewer case”
“The board approved the formation of a board sewer committee to look into long-term sewer issues.”
“Because Munhall is further along than Millvale in its long-term sewer planning, Mr. Lockard said construction could begin as soon as 2011 if land acquisition issues can be resolved with Marcegaglia USA Inc., a stainless steel tube manufacturer.”
“When drainage, everywhere, with its double function, restoring what it takes, shall have replaced the sewer, which is a simple impoverishing washing, then, this being combined with the data of a now social economy, the product of the earth will be increased tenfold, and the problem of misery will be singularly lightened.”
“The sewer is the blemish which Paris has in her blood.”
““Not till my chamberlain attends with some clothes and necessaries, and you may call my sewer also.””
“As the great author Victor Hugo wrote in Les Miserables, 'The sewer is the conscience of the city.”
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