sewer


sewer

noun

  1. an artificial conduit, usually underground, for carrying off waste water and refuse, as in a town or city.

verb (used with object)

  1. to provide or equip with sewers: a tax increase necessary to sewer the neighborhood.

noun

  1. a person or thing that sews.

noun

  1. a former household officer or head servant in charge of the service of the table.

noun

  1. a drain or pipe, esp one that is underground, used to carry away surface water or sewage

verb

  1. (tr) to provide with sewers

noun

  1. a person or thing that sews

noun

  1. (in medieval England) a servant of high rank in charge of the serving of meals and the seating of guests

n.1c.1400, “conduit,” from Anglo-French sewere, Old North French sewiere “sluice from a pond” (13c.), literally “something that makes water flow,” from shortened form of Gallo-Romance *exaquaria (cf. Middle French esseveur), from Latin ex- “out” (see ex-) + aquaria, fem. of aquarius “pertaining to water,” from aqua “water” (see aqua-). Specifically of underground channels for wastewater from c.1600; figurative use of this is from 1640s. n.2“one who sews,” late 14c., agent noun from sew (v.).

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