from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A standpipe or elevated tank used as a reservoir or for maintaining equal pressure in a water system.
- n. A firefighting apparatus for lifting hoses to the upper levels of a tall structure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large tank of water, in an elevated position, acting as a local reservoir; water is pumped into the tank and fed by gravity to the consumers.
- n. A large metal pipe made to be extended vertically by sections, and used for discharging water upon burning buildings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A large metal pipe made to be extended vertically by sections, and used for discharging water upon burning buildings.
- A tower or standpipe used as a water storage reservoir, to deliver water at a required head of pressure, as to a fountain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tower, in a system of water-supply, in which water is kept to maintain a constant head or pressure and also to permit a considerable draft of water to be made from the system, in case of fire, before the pumping-engines are speeded up to the increased demand.
- n. A tower in which a spray of falling water cools and cleanses an ascending current of gas.
- n. Same as stand-pipe, 7.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large reservoir for water
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