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

  • n. The water available for a community or region.
  • n. The source and delivery system of such water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A supply of water; specifically, water collected, as in reservoirs, and conveyed, as by pipes, for use in a city, mill, or the like.

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

  • n. a facility that provides a source of water


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  • Kirk grinned at the herald's wry humor, turned, and strode away in the direction of his camp — he had not moved it closer to the ship, because of the better water supply at its original location.

    Natives of Space

  • Heating, ventilating and domestic hot water supply equipment for new West Wing, North and Rear Dormitories, recently destroyed by fire.

    Biennial Report of the State Hospital at Raleigh, Raleigh, N.C., from July 1, 1924, to June 30, 1926.

  • What was more, said that amazing man, he did not intend to relinquish supervision of sewers and water supply after he stepped down from office; as long as he lived, Marcus Agrippa would be hunched like a black dog outside the premises of the water companies and the drainage companies, which for far too long had tyrannized over Rome.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • We landed safely at the usual place, near Rockburg, and the turtle was condemned and executed soon afterwards; the shell, which was quite eight feet long, and three broad, was, when cleaned and prepared, to form a trough for the water supply at the cave, and the meat was carefully salted, and stored up for many a good and savoury meal.

    Swiss Family Robinson

  • It is a boast of the citizens of Asheville that their system of water-works and their water supply are the finest in the country.

    Asheville--the Ideal Autumn and Winter Resort City

  • “If we settle at the headwaters of the Nile, we command Egypt,” Sir Samuel Baker commented, “and a barrage at a low pass, where the Nile cuts through a rocky defile only eighty yards in width below the exit from the Albert Nyanza, would raise the level of the great reservoir of the Nile by fifty feet, and entirely control the water supply of Egypt.”

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • Well, if Duke Power had owned that and were going to provide the water supply ....

    Oral History Interview with Daniel Okun, October 22, 1985. Interview K-0021. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • Defensive cliffs, a water supply - the only thing they would lack if they came under siege would be food, and if they've stored enough, they might be all right.

    Elephant in the City

  • Like most Roman, Ionian Greek, and Punic towns, it was provided with a good system of drains and sewers, had public baths for the populace and a good water supply aqueducted in from the lovely sloping mountains blue with distance all around it.

    The First Man in Rome


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