from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A water pump in which the downward flow of naturally running water is intermittently halted by a valve so that the flow is forced upward through an open pipe into a reservoir.
- noun The large output piston of a hydraulic press.
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- noun a water pump that uses the kinetic energy of flowing water to force a small fraction of that water to a reservoir at a higher level
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