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 This year, more than 400 dry wells have been reported, many of them in farming areas of the Central Valley. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2023 Some of the largest declines in recent years have been driven by heavy agricultural pumping in the San Joaquin Valley, which has left many residents with dry wells. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2023 Wash and dry well; follow instructions and very little wrinkling,’ one reviewer shared. Matthew Parker, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2023 For the rest, rinse, dry well and store in a cool, dry, dark location. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2023 The research reveals that plans prepared by local agencies would allow for heavy pumping to continue largely unabated, potentially drawing down aquifers to low levels that would leave many residents with dry wells. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023 Many residents in the Central Valley are still dealing with dry wells, and not everyone gets water from the State Water or Central Valley projects. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2023 To extend its life, blanch broccoli in boiling water for 3 minutes, rinse with cold water or dunk in an ice bath, then drain and dry well. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 July 2023 On top of dry wells, other water projects await fixes, including systems that draw from groundwater contaminated with hazardous pollutants. Silvia Razgova, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dry well was circa 1942

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“Dry well.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20well. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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