aquitard

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noun aqui·tard \ˈa-kwə-ˌtärd\

Definition of aquitard

plural

aquitards

geology

  1. :  a geologic formation or stratum that lies adjacent to an aquifer and that allows only a small amount of liquid to pass If the water level—and thus the pressure—drops enough, water is slowly squeezed out of the large clayey layers—called aquitards—that more or less seal the aquifer, and an aquifer's compression becomes irreversible. — Peter Bacque, Richmond (Virginia) Times Dispatch, 14 Nov. 2002

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Origin and Etymology of aquitard

probably from aqui- (in aquifer) + (1re)tard


First Known Use: 1965


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