sew·​age | \ ˈsü-ij \

Definition of sewage

: refuse liquids or waste matter usually carried off by sewers

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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 There were a half-dozen minor but worrying blazes last year, and hundreds of toilet failures, and a crack in a main sewage pipe. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Westminster is rotting from within," 25 Apr. 2018 The spill happened because of a broken 30-inch sewage pipe near Oakdale Road. Katy Petiford And Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Crews respond to major sewage spill in Charlotte | Charlotte Observer," 25 Apr. 2018 The fluid in sewage pipes varies in depth and moves at about 15 mph. Cheri Mossburg And Joe Sterling, CNN, "Boy who fell in Los Angeles drainage pipe found alive," 2 Apr. 2018 Lawmakers want to relocate a sewage-treatment plant from the Sha Tin district—one of Hong Kong’s largest residential areas—into a hill across the Shing Mun River. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "In Hong Kong, Humankind Moves Back Into Caves," 19 Sep. 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 \

Kids Definition of sewage

: waste materials carried off by sewers


sew·​age | \ ˈsü-ij \

Medical Definition of sewage

: refuse liquids or waste matter carried off by sewers

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