dry well


Definition of dry well

: a hole in the ground filled with gravel or rubble to receive drainage water and allow it to percolate away

Examples of dry well in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to concerns about dry wells, some people asked about the problem of sinking ground in the Sulphur Springs Valley. Ian James, azcentral, "Arizona Legislature should act on rural groundwater, former Gov. Bruce Babbitt says," 14 Mar. 2020 Today, the legacy of segregation in the Central Valley reverberates underground, through old pipes, dry wells and soil tainted by shoddy septic systems. New York Times, "How Racism Ripples Through Rural California’s Pipes," 29 Nov. 2019 And homeowners with dry wells keep asking for help that isn't coming. AZCentral.com, "In southeastern Arizona, farms drill a half-mile deep while families pay the price," 5 Dec. 2019 This free-for-all is draining away the water that homeowners also depend on, leaving some with dry wells. AZCentral.com, "Megafarms and deeper wells are draining the water beneath rural Arizona – quietly, irreversibly," 5 Dec. 2019 Wash the lettuce leaves, dry well and keep whole or tear into large pieces. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: Colombian exchange — the tomato," 11 Dec. 2019 Place the turkey on a tray and pat it dry well with paper towels. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Brining: Why it’s the best method for your holiday turkey," 24 Nov. 2019 While Europe continues to be a dry well for priestly vocations, Africa is a wellspring. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Pope Francis Goes to Africa, With Renewed Focus on Poverty and Climate," 4 Sep. 2019 Here's a resource for flowers that dry well for arrangements that last all year. oregonlive.com, "Ask An Expert: Difficult weather conditions can make berries ripen unevenly," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dry well

circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2020

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“Dry well.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20well. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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