sump

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sump

noun \ˈsəmp\

: a low part or area where liquid collects when it drains from something

Full Definition of SUMP

1
:  a pit or reservoir serving as a drain or receptacle for liquids: as
a :  cesspool
b :  a pit at the lowest point in a circulating or drainage system (as the oil-circulating system of an internal combustion engine)
c chiefly British :  oil pan
2
British :  crankcase
3
[German Sumpf, literally, marsh, from Middle High German — more at swamp]
a :  the lowest part of a mine shaft into which water drains
b :  an excavation ahead of regular work in driving a mine tunnel or sinking a mine shaft
4
:  something resembling a sump :  sink 2

Origin of SUMP

Middle English sompe swamp — more at swamp
First Known Use: 1653

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