artesian well

ar·​te·​sian well | \ är-ˈtē-zhən- How to pronounce artesian well (audio) \

Definition of artesian well

1 : a well in which water is under pressure especially : one in which the water flows to the surface naturally
2 : a deep well

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Back in the '60s, the estate had a private gas pump, and the sprinkler system was designed to draw from an artesian well. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Mansion Has Sat Virtually Untouched For 50 Years," 8 July 2017 Researchers believe the geyser formed when ranchers drilled a hole (no one knows why) and hit a hot-water artesian well. Harriot Manley,, "Burning Man comes and goes, but the experience is year-round in Reno," 28 June 2018 The water district pumps water from the springs and three artesian wells nearby through steel pipes to storage tanks, serving about 12,000 people. Lynne Terry,, "California 'raw' water fans pay $9 a gallon for Oregon tap water," 19 Jan. 2018 Baldwin had become smitten with the rancho, which was lush and green due to the artesian wells that ran beneath its rolling pastures. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Arcadia's historic, scenic racetrack gives it a leg up," 3 Nov. 2017 Secret doors lead to a 15,000-square-foot bunker in which an embattled owner could conceivably hole up for years, with off-grid power and water drawn from three artesian wells drilled 1,000 feet into the ground. Sara Clemence,, "This $14.7 Million Atlanta Home With Bunker Said to Be 'Safest in America'," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of artesian well

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for artesian well

French artésien, literally, of Artois, from Old French, from Arteis Artois, France

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English Language Learners Definition of artesian well

: a place in the ground where water flows up to the surface because of natural pressure

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