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“cistern” in English

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cisternnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsɪs.tən/ us /ˈsɪs.tɚn/

Examples from literature

  • From this cistern large earthen pipes led off in various directions to irrigate the terraces below. 
  • In the midst of this court is a cistern, simply ornamented. 
  • Latterly, he adds, deep wells had been sunk, and cisterns formed for holding water. 
  • Their cisterns, their only dependence for water, were mostly destroyed. 
  • They discovered microbes in the well, and mosquitoes in the cistern, and wasps in the garret. 

(Definition of “cistern” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“cistern” in American English

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cisternnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsɪs·tərn/

a large container for storing water, esp. one kept on the roof of a large building to catch rain

(Definition of “cistern” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)