artesian well


ar·​te·​sian well är-ˈtē-zhən- How to pronounce artesian well (audio)
: a well in which water is under pressure
especially : one in which the water flows to the surface naturally
: a deep well

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The well has strictly ground water pressure, and with 28-feet of head pressure, the artesian well can shoot water 28-feet in the air, 24/7, explained Christensen. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 June 2022 The seller had been a well-driller and expert at artesian wells, and there was a 280-foot artesian well on-site. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 June 2022 Metalious had modernized and expanded the house and had dug an artesian well that still provides a reliable water source, Marshall says. Patricia Harris And David Lyon,, 12 May 2022 Instead, the Stone Road team uses ladybugs, predator mites, and a medley of beneficial fungi for pest control and irrigates with water from a 460 foot deep artesian well. Sherrie Nachman, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of artesian well was in 1801

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Cite this Entry

“Artesian well.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

artesian well


ar·​te·​sian well är-ˌtē-zhən- How to pronounce artesian well (audio)
: a drilled well from which water flows up like a fountain
: a deep well

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