dry well

noun

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 Wash spinach, parsley, dill and cilantro, then dry well on paper towels or in a salad spinner. Megan Marples, CNN, 19 Mar. 2021 Remove the vanilla bean and discard, or rinse, dry well and add to granulated sugar to make vanilla sugar. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 After 30 minutes, quickly rinse each eggplant slice; blot dry well with paper towels. Anita L. Arambula, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2020 Even a subtle environmental change — a dry well, say — can mean life or death, and without money to address the problem, migration is often simply a question of survival. Meridith Kohut, ProPublica, 15 Sep. 2020 In addition to concerns about dry wells, some people asked about the problem of sinking ground in the Sulphur Springs Valley. Ian James, azcentral, 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, 29 Nov. 2019 And homeowners with dry wells keep asking for help that isn't coming. AZCentral.com, 5 Dec. 2019 This free-for-all is draining away the water that homeowners also depend on, leaving some with dry wells. AZCentral.com, 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of dry well

circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Dry well.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20well. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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