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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. painting executed in size or distemper, on canvas or walls
  • n. A hydraulic apparatus by which a supply of water is furnished for useful or ornamental purposes, such as dams, sluices, fountains, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Painting executed in size or distemper, on canvas or walls, -- formerly, frequently taking the place of tapestry.
  • n. An hydraulic apparatus, or a system of works or fixtures, by which a supply of water is furnished for useful or ornamental purposes, including dams, sluices, pumps, aqueducts, distributing pipes, fountains, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A structure, contrivance, or engine for conducting, distributing, or otherwise disposingof water: now commonly in the plural.
  • n. The aggregate of constructions and appliances for the collection, preservation, and distribution of water for domestic purposes, for the working of machinery, or otherwise for the use of a community.
  • n. An appliance through which water is spouted out in jets, sprays, or showers; a fountain; a hydraulic toy.
  • n. plural Same as tear-pump.
  • n. A marine scene or pageant.
  • n. [In the following quotation the word is used punningly, with reference to the freezing over of the Thames during the winter of 1607-8.
  • n. Painting with water or something soluble in water as a vehicle.
  • n. Hence, a textile fabric, as canvas, painted in this manner, and used instead of tapestry to decorate apartments.

Etymologies

water +‎ work (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A water-inspired work to a serviceable percussion score by Miloslav Kabelac, the often-luminous suite likely served as a study for "The River," Ailey's grander and finer "waterwork" to Duke Ellington's memorable score, originally given some two months after "Streams" in fulfillment of a commission from American Ballet Theatre.

    First Signs of Battle at Alvin Ailey

  • It was the waterwork business that had enticed him up today; he had looked it over from one end to the other, and was highly interested.

    The Growth of the Soil

  • Sewage construction, waterwork construction, in fact, all the agricultural activities, all the industrial activities need cement.

    12TH CTC CONGRESS

  • There were no railway certificates, waterwork shares, transfers, or notes of stock, mortgages, loans, or anything at all.

    In Luck at Last

  • Here is a pure mechanism, giving rise to a purposive action, and strictly comparable to that by which Descartes supposes his waterwork Diana to be moved.

    Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews

  • PEORIA - Bob Manning's future doesn't involve debates about waterwork buyouts, museum taxes, school locations or political maneuvering at Springdale Cemetery.

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  • Like some 2,300-year-old serial drama, the story of the Popol Vuh wraps around the base of the Mirador pyramid, its images of hope reflected across the surface of a memoried waterwork.

    CounterPunch

  • She argued that Wittfogel’s ideas on waterwork societies were equally relevant for an understanding of the miniature water-deficient societies of the Pueblos as for the great nation-states of China, Egypt, and Peru.

    Esther Schiff Goldfrank.

  • But Geissler’s waterwork remained after Geissler had gone; there it was, working wonders day and night, week after week; the fields turned green, the potatoes ceased to flower, the corn shot up ....

    The Growth of the Soil

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