Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Liquid and solid waste carried off in sewers or drains.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The matter which passes through sewers; excreted and waste matter, solid and liquid, carried off in sewers and drains. Also sewerage.
  • noun Same as sewerage, 1.
  • noun Synonyms See sewerage.
  • To fertilize by the application of sewage.
  • To furnish with sewers; drain with sewers; sewer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The contents of a sewer or drain; refuse liquids or matter carried off by sewers.
  • noun Sewerage, 2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A suspension of water and solid waste, transported by sewers to be disposed of or processed.
  • noun sewerage.

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

  • noun waste matter carried away in sewers or drains

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps sew, sewer (from Middle English, short for Anglo-Norman sewere; see sewer) + –age.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From sewer (“system of pipes used to remove human waste and to provide drainage”) +‎ -age or from sew ("to drain or draw off water") + -age.

Examples

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  • Welcome to Marin:

    Sail. Stay. Fish. Play. Swim. Surf. Dine.

    (Don't touch the water.)

    -- Continued recommendation to avoid water near Marin sewage spill, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 2, 2008.

    February 3, 2008

  • That which has had needlework done to it.

    December 17, 2008

  • An Israeli entrepreneur has come up with a plan to make paper from human waste.

    Their technology basically extracts (rather than digests) solids from sewage, turning the cellulose found in toilet paper and fecal matter into clean recycled paper. The paper can then be used for a variety of purposes.

    July 8, 2015

  • Thank you, vendingmachine. That is the dream of every jokester who has laughed about "recycled toilet paper."

    July 8, 2015