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 Sacramento only tests its water once a week and only at the sewage treatment plant. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Arizona city uses wastewater to quarantine those infected with COVID-19," 5 Nov. 2020 Dredging George English Lake, another waterway tainted by sewage, will cost another $500,000. Susannah Bryan,, "Fort Lauderdale to pay millions to dredge waterways soiled by sewage," 21 Oct. 2020 That’s because the river was historically so contaminated by raw sewage and industrial waste — before modern wastewater treatment — that engineers had to look upstream for a safe place to install their pumps. Eric Roper, Star Tribune, "How do cities make Mississippi River water safe to drink?," 9 Oct. 2020 After Oliver tore into the town on his Aug. 16 show, the city's mayor posted a now-viral Facebook video vowing to name the town's sewage plant after the HBO talk-show host. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "City officials vow to name sewage plant after John Oliver following host's anti-Danbury rant," 24 Aug. 2020 The patient had night sweats and worked as an engineer, recently assigned to a temporary job at the local sewage plant. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "He Was an Active Guy. Suddenly His Legs Ached After a Few Blocks.," 13 Aug. 2020 After more limited wastewater sampling from places like San Quentin State Prison and a UC Berkeley dorm, a temporary lab is enabling testing of sewage from 10 wastewater agencies representing more than 2 million people. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 23-29," 30 Oct. 2020 In August, rolling blackouts caused a back-up wastewater pump to fail, spilling 50,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Oakland Estuary. Andrew Wheeler, National Review, "California Leaders Are Wrong to Fault the Trump Administration on Wildfires," 27 Oct. 2020 If the city had been found negligent, the fine could have been $68 million — $10 per gallon of sewage. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Environmentalists win key battle over Mission Bay Park redevelopment, get $1.25M for marshland study," 18 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of sewage

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sewage

sewer entry 3

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The first known use of sewage was in 1834

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19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sewage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce sewage (audio)

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


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Kids Definition of sewage

: waste materials carried off by sewers


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Medical Definition of sewage

: refuse liquids or waste matter carried off by sewers

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