Definition of reservoir
1 : a place where something is kept in store: such asa : an artificial lake where water is collected and kept in quantity for useb : a part of an apparatus in which a liquid is heldc : supply, store a large reservoir of educated people
2 : an extra supply : reserve
3 : an organism in which a parasite that is pathogenic for some other species lives and multiplies usually without damaging its host
Examples of reservoir in a Sentence
The pen has a large ink reservoir.
Colleges and universities provide reservoirs of talent for job recruiters.
She found the reservoirs of energy she needed to finish the job.
Recent Examples of reservoir from the Web
Located in the Persian Gulf, the field straddles Qatar’s maritime border with Iran, which refers to its side of the reservoir as South Pars.
Tour the Gothic structure that sits between the reservoirs basins, view items and films from Louisville Water’s archives and staff will answer questions.
Tuesday, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials said that Lake Travis near Austin is the latest Texas reservoir found to contain the invasive species.
The reservoir surrounding the soaring rocky outcrop of El Penol is a popular weekend destination a little more than an hour from Medellin.
There remains a reservoir of talent to deal despite the trade of Gleyber Torres last summer.
For similar reasons Britain built a 23,000-panel floating solar farm on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir near Heathrow airport in 2016 to help power the Thames Water treatment plant.
City officials worry that rising sea levels might put the city’s drinking water at risk, because more reservoir water might be needed to maintain the salt line.
The site also features a nature trial through Treasure Forest, where visitors can see the original hand-dug spring and 86,000 gallon reservoir that provided water to the soldiers’ home.
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Origin and Etymology of reservoir
French réservoir, from Middle French, from reserver
First Known Use: 1690See Words from the same year
RESERVOIR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reservoir for English Language Learners
: a usually artificial lake that is used to store a large supply of water for use in people's homes, in businesses, etc.
: a place (such as a part of a machine) where a liquid is stored
: an extra supply of something
RESERVOIR Defined for Kids
Definition of reservoir for Students
: a place where something (as water) is kept in store for future use
Medical Definition of reservoir
1: a space (as an enlargement of a vessel or the cavity of a glandular acinus) in which a body fluid is stored
2: an organism in which a parasite that is pathogenic for some other species lives and multiplies without damaging its host; also : a noneconomic organism within which a pathogen of economic or medical importance flourishes without regard to its pathogenicity for the reservoir rats are reservoirs of plague—compare carrier 1a
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