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

Examples of artesian well in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Well, an artesian well drilled in the northwest sector of Woodchuck Hill. Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2021 Suddenly, Straka spotted a 4-inch pipe snaking from an artesian well. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, 7 Nov. 2020 In 1892, The residents of the fledgling city placed their hopes on an artesian well at the intersection of Main and Center streets. Owen Prout, Dallas News, 11 Mar. 2020 The Slaughter Ranch, until recently, has relied on artesian wells (wells that don’t require pumping because water comes to the surface of the ground by way of springs) for water. Erin Stone, azcentral, 3 Feb. 2020 Over time, increased pressure from growing populations and cattle grazing on both sides of the border led to local extinctions of many species, and soon the wetlands were largely converted to individual ponds and artesian wells. Erin Stone, azcentral, 3 Feb. 2020 Beginning in the late 1800s, settlers drilled artesian wells deep into the aquifer, creating a water source capable of supplying the city’s residents as San Antonio grew through the decades. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, 4 Jan. 2020 Elsewhere on the grounds is an artesian well, three ponds -- one stocked with catfish -- two barns, storage facilities, corrals and a pavilion that doubles as an icehouse. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, 12 Nov. 2019 Creek, artesian well, natural pond, abundant wildlife, rolling hills. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of artesian well

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for artesian well

artesian borrowed from French artésien "of artois," going back to Old French, from Arteis "Artois" + -ien -ian

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The first known use of artesian well was in 1801

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23 Sep 2021

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“Artesian well.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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