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

  • The water system, including reservoirs, tanks, buildings, pumps, and pipes, that supplies water to a city, town, or other municipality.
  • A single unit, such as a pumping station, within such a system.
  • An exhibition of moving water, such as a fountain or cascade.
  • Informal Tears: turned on the waterworks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the water supply system of a town etc., including reservoirs, pumps and pipes
  • n. any single facility, such as a filtration plant, within such a system
  • n. tears
  • n. the genitourinary system

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

  • n. a public utility that provides water
  • n. workplace where water is stored and purified and distributed for a community


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