Definition of aquifer
: a water-bearing stratum of permeable rock, sand, or gravel
aquiferousplay \a-ˈkwi-fə-rəs, ä-\ adjective
Did You Know?
The vast but relatively shallow Ogallala Aquifer lies beneath the Great Plains, under portions of eight states. Its thickness ranges from a few feet to more than a thousand feet. The Ogallala yields about 30 percent of the nation's groundwater used for irrigation in agriculture, and provides drinking water for most of the people within the area. But for many years more water has been extracted from the Ogallala than has been returned, and the situation today is of great concern.
Origin and Etymology of aquifer
New Latin, from Latin aqua + -fer
First Known Use: 1897
AQUIFER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aquifer for English Language Learners
: a layer of rock or sand that can absorb and hold water
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