from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rate or tax tor the supply of water. Also water-rent.

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

  • n. rate per quarter for water from a public supply


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  • Mr.. Kenwigs too, was quite a lady in her manners, and of a very genteel family, having an uncle, Mr. Lillyvick, who collected a water-rate, and who she fondly hoped, would make her children his heirs.

    Ten Girls from Dickens

  • Most of the houses in the quiet, respectable sort of streets average about twenty to twenty-five dollars per month, including everything but water-rate, which is three dollars per month.

    Canada for Gentlemen

  • -- An Anti-Ritualistic old Lady objected to paying her water-rate, when she was informed that she would be patronising "a High Service."

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, November 21, 1891

  • We hear, however, that he intends to have another try when the water-rate is not quite so high.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, November 24, 1920

  • Duckby's satirical story of a tame otter that had a tank in the garden to swim in, and whined restlessly whenever the water-rate was overdue, was scarcely an unfair parody of some of Blenkinthrope's wilder efforts.

    Beasts and Super-Beasts

  • Here the sleek capitalist and there the sinewy laborer; here the man of science and here the shoe-back; here the poet and here the water-rate collector; here the cabinet minister and there the ballet-dancer.

    Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

  • I have already stated that municipal government is unknown; consequently there are no municipal rates to be paid, no water-rate, no poor-rate, and not a cent for either sanitation or education.

    China and the Chinese

  • There is not one of the circumstances of this capture of streams -- the company, the water-rate, and the rest -- that is not a sign of the ill-luck of modern devices in regard to style.

    The Spirit of Place and Other Essays

  • The fact is, sir, if you felt disposed to do that at your own expense, and -- and to have the room cleaned, and -- and, let us say, to bear half the water-rate whilst you are here, why, really, I hardly feel justified in asking anything more. '

    The House of Cobwebs and Other Stories

  • Insolvent tenants openly defied the collector of the water-rate from their ten-roomed strongholds, and existed for weeks without any visible means of procuring that necessary fluid.

    Lady Audley's Secret


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