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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A receptacle for holding water or other liquid, especially a tank for catching and storing rainwater.
  • n. Anatomy A cisterna.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A reservoir or tank for holding water, especially for catching and holding rainwater for later use.
  • n. In a flush toilet, the container in which the water used for flushing is held; a toilet tank.
  • n. A cisterna.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An artificial reservoir or tank for holding water, beer, or other liquids.
  • n. A natural reservoir; a hollow place containing water.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English cisterne, from Latin cisterna, from cista, box, from Greek kistē, basket.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cisterne (Modern French citerne) from Latin cisterna, from cista ("box"), from Ancient Greek κίστη (kistē, "box"). (Wiktionary)

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  • 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.

    January 15, 2013