sewage

noun
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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In the past three weeks, problems in two different Massachusetts municipalities sent more than 374,000 gallons of raw sewage pouring down the Connecticut River and eventually into Long Island Sound. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Massachusetts sewage spills no risk to Connecticut residents but could hurt Long Island Sound," 13 Sep. 2019 Last spring, residents in Alabama held their noses after 200 shipping containers full of sewage from New York City became stranded en route to a landfill. Kate King, WSJ, "New York City Garbage Raises a Stink Upstate," 27 Aug. 2018 Or the Potomac River where sewage and fertilizer runoff has produced a new breed of intersex fish? Max Holleran, The New Republic, "The Water Wars Are Here," 13 Sep. 2019 Investigations found that Nepalese peacekeepers had been staying at the U.N. camp and poor sanitation led to sewage from the camp contaminating the local water supply. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Hurricane Dorian Is Gone. But the Bahamas Still Faces a Big Risk From Infectious Disease," 12 Sep. 2019 This may continue for a broad range of populations, although at some point in major metro areas, the complexity and cost of getting sewage tens of miles to some treatment plant may push average costs in the other direction. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: What Dorian tells us about risk and scale," 8 Sep. 2019 Before she was rescued Wednesday, Cottis had spent days sitting in her wheelchair and the nights sleeping in a metal lawn lounger surrounded by wet belongings and sewage after the septic tank overflowed with floodwaters. Michael Weissenstein, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Like zombies’: Hurricane’s victims face heartbreak and loss," 5 Sep. 2019 Before she was rescued Wednesday, Cottis had spent days sitting in her wheelchair and the nights sleeping in a metal lawn lounger surrounded by wet belongings and sewage after the septic tank overflowed with floodwaters. Michael Weissenstein, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Like zombies’: Victims of Bahamas hurricane confront massive scale of disaster," 5 Sep. 2019 San Mateo and Burlingame’s sewer disposal couldn’t keep up, and the stench of raw sewage flushing into the bay settled over the park. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "When Peninsula’s ‘Coney Island of the West’ was snuffed out by a stench," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sewage

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sewage

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sewage

noun

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

sewage

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

Kids Definition of sewage

: waste materials carried off by sewers

sewage

noun
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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