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 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, "Arlington, Texas: How a tiny train stop grew into North Texas’ premier entertainment destination," 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, "Concerns grow that Trump's wall will damage rivers, wildlife habitat on Arizona border," 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, "Concerns grow that Trump's wall will damage rivers, wildlife habitat on Arizona border," 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,, "Volunteers maintain historic Headwaters Sanctuary, origin point of S.A.," 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, "On-the-market Huntsville property boasts 3 distinct houses," 12 Nov. 2019 Creek, artesian well, natural pond, abundant wildlife, rolling hills. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$2.5M restored Oakland Township mansion is on 37 acres," 14 Sep. 2019 Simultaneously, the event was meant to raise funds and invited investors to sponsor projects such as land and water preservation projects, artesian well building and more. Angie Jaime, Teen Vogue, "The Aniwa Gathering Connected Me to My Indigenous Ancestors," 2 Aug. 2019 The community was named Midway by farmers and cattlemen who would stop to get water from two artesian wells — long since tapped — on Sipes Avenue while traveling between Geneva and Sanford. Martin E. Comas,, "Midway residents call hundreds of new homes being built around their historic community a ‘mixed blessing’," 22 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'artesian well.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about artesian well

Time Traveler for artesian well

Time Traveler

The first known use of artesian well was in 1801

See more words from the same year

Statistics for artesian well

Last Updated

3 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Artesian well.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for artesian well

artesian well

How to pronounce artesian well (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of artesian well

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

More from Merriam-Webster on artesian well

Nglish: Translation of artesian well for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about artesian well

Comments on artesian well

What made you want to look up artesian well? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!