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Webster 1913 Edition


Cistern

Cis′tern

,
Noun.
[OE.
cisterne
, OF.
cisterne
, F.
cisterne
, fr. L.
cisterna
, fr.
cista
box, chest. See
Cist
, and cf.
chest
.]
1.
An artificial reservoir or tank for holding water, beer, or other liquids.
2.
A natural reservoir; a hollow place containing water.
“The wide cisterns of the lakes.”
Blackmore.

Webster 1828 Edition


Cistern

CISTERN

, n.
1.
An artificial reservoir or receptacle for holding water, beer or other liquor, as in domestic uses, distilleries, and breweries.
2.
A natural reservoir; a hollow place containing water; as a fountain or lake.

Definition 2022


cistern

cistern

English

Noun

cistern (plural cisterns)

  1. A reservoir or tank for holding water, especially for catching and holding rainwater for later use.
    • 1913, A.C. Cotter, Catholic Encyclopedia, "Wells in Scripture",
      Their extreme necessity is attested by the countless number of old, unused cisterns with which the Holy Land is literally honeycombed.
    • 2001, Philip J. King and Lawrence E. Stager, chapter 3, in Life in Biblical Israel, ISBN 0664221483, page 126:
      Cisterns (bôr, bō'r), mentioned frequently in the Bible, are artificial reservoirs, usually cut into bedrock, for collecting and conserving rain runoff from roofs and courtyards.
  2. (technical) In a flush toilet, the container in which the water used for flushing is held; a toilet tank.
    • 2003, Allan Windust, chapter 9, in Waterwise House & Garden: a Guide for Sustainable Living, ISBN 0643068007, page 36:
      It is possible to connect your tank to your toilet cistern and/or garden, so that even if the water is not drinkable it still can be used productively to make major water savings.
  3. (anatomy) A cisterna.

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Swedish

Noun

cistern c

  1. cistern, tank

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Inflection of cistern 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative cistern cisternen cisterner cisternerna
Genitive cisterns cisternens cisterners cisternernas