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

Definition of sewage

: refuse liquids or waste matter usually carried off by sewers

Examples of sewage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After long, tedious months of monitoring the spread of COVID-19, the best answers may come in our sewage. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, 29 May 2021 The council also got good news on the expensive and complex federal waivers San Diego repeatedly needs to secure for the Point Loma sewage plant. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Oct. 2021 Mango Materials creates a variety of biodegradable polymers, including textiles, out of waste methane from a sewage treatment plant. Alden Wicker, Wired, 13 Oct. 2021 On a warm day in late April, Frank Gallo is getting his steps in at one of his regular haunts: the sewage plant. Kate Wong, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2021 Thomas cited Farmington’s recent upgrades to its sewage treatment plant and taxpayers’ approval to build a $135.6 million high school. Don Stacom,, 23 Aug. 2021 The district has also seen even more reduction from the Wolf Creek Resort golf course, which can reuse water generated by the sewage plant. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Aug. 2021 The city of Fairfield advised people on Monday to avoid contact with the Great Miami River because of the problem at the sewage treatment plant. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 13 Aug. 2021 The drip-drip of information emerging about L.A.'s biggest sewage treatment plant keeps getting worse. Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of sewage

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sewage

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Last Updated

20 Nov 2021

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“Sewage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for sewage



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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