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cistern

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noun cis·tern \ˈsis-tərn\

Simple Definition of cistern

  • : an underground container that is used for collecting and storing rainwater

  • : a tank that holds the water for a toilet

  • : a tank on the roof of a building that holds water for the building

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cistern

  1. 1 :  an artificial reservoir (as an underground tank) for storing liquids and especially water (as rainwater)

  2. 2 :  a large usually silver vessel formerly used (as in cooling wine) at the dining table

  3. 3 :  a fluid-containing sac or cavity in an organism

Origin and Etymology of cistern

Middle English, from Latin cisterna, from cista box, chest — more at chest


First Known Use: 13th century

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CISTERN Defined for Kids

cistern

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noun cis·tern \ˈsi-stərn\

Definition of cistern for Students

  1. :  an artificial reservoir or tank for storing water usually underground




Medical Dictionary

cistern

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noun cis·tern \ˈsis-tərn\

Medical Definition of cistern

  1. :  a fluid-containing sac or cavity in an organism





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