sew·​age | \ ˈsü-ij How to pronounce sewage (audio) \

Definition of sewage

: refuse liquids or waste matter usually carried off by sewers

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According to Pompeii scholar Eric Poehler, who is also behind the latest research, the roads were extremely narrow and designed to also handle sewage. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Just Like Us, Pompeii Also Struggled With Potholes," 15 May 2019 And the thing about Ghana: The sewage flows along the side of the street in an open gutter. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "“My Job Is To Be a Spirit Leader”: Behind the Scenes with Virgil Abloh," 14 May 2019 But there is little sense in the exhibition of the values and virtues that give a city its higher meaning, beyond the utilitarian functions of roads, water and sewage. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, "‘The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility’ Review: Future Imperfect," 10 Jan. 2019 The properties once held a women’s clothing store and several bargain outlets, but Jeon closed the stores because the sewage and sprinkler systems did not pass inspection. Alex Gailey,, "Battered storefronts undermine progress at Dudley Square," 25 June 2018 The bathroom contains custom tile, custom floating, a full-size shower, and, since there's no sewage or septic, an incinerator toilet. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Tiny Modern Farmhouse Will Convince You to Pare Down Your Life Once and for All," 15 Jan. 2019 Raw sewage also backs up in homes, creating a stomach-turning mess. Winnie Hu, The Seattle Times, "What happens when 25,000 Amazon workers flush toilets?," 11 Dec. 2018 In 2013, a drought lowered Lake Michigan enough that the city started to worry about the river re-reversing, dumping untreated sewage into the Great Lakes. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Chicago River Actually Flows Backwards," 8 Oct. 2018 But the stench that Sánchez referred to comes from a sewage pipe that empties near the Muelle Real. Mario J. Pentón, miamiherald, "Pollution is destroying the environment and livelihood for residents in this Cuban city," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of sewage

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sewage

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English Language Learners Definition of sewage

: waste material (such as human urine and feces) that is carried away from homes and other buildings in a system of pipes


sew·​age | \ ˈsü-ij How to pronounce sewage (audio) \

Kids Definition of sewage

: waste materials carried off by sewers


sew·​age | \ ˈsü-ij How to pronounce sewage (audio) \

Medical Definition of sewage

: refuse liquids or waste matter carried off by sewers

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