sump pump


: a pump (as in a basement) to remove accumulations of liquid (such as water) from a sump pit

Examples of sump pump in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scott stopped by last week to view the system in Eckles’ basement, where a white plastic pipe sucks radon gas from beside the sump pump, goes through the ceiling, and, ultimately, out the roof. Bill Laytner, Detroit Free Press, 6 Feb. 2024 McLouth Steel closed in 1995 at the site of the leak The railroad company installed a sump pump on site on Tuesday and is expected to begin pumping the high-pH groundwater shortly, in an effort to control and eliminate the upwelling of contamination. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 9 Feb. 2024 But that was before a brand new sump pump was installed in the basement of her three-story house last month as part of the Hartford Flood Compensation Program. Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant, 11 Jan. 2024 The water traveled from a sump pump at the base of a building, through a hose that ran into the woods, up a hill, into a PVC pipe and through a chain-link fence to flow out onto the neighboring property, which was owned by the state. Steve Thompson, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2023 Again, a Curtis Bay Energy employee removed the sump pump from under the building, disconnected the hose and hid them in the woods, according to the plea agreement. Steve Thompson, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2023 The money will also fund ways to make the building water-tight, including waterproofing walls, installing exterior trench drains, filling gaps beneath the exterior sidewalk, and installing a new sump pump, Revolutionary Spaces said. Maeve Lawler,, 4 Aug. 2023 Also not accepted at the event are large household appliances and Freon-containing appliances, incandescent or halogen bulbs, wet-cell lead acid batteries such as car or sump pump batteries, batteries of any kind over 11 pounds and materials generated in the course of operating a business. David Sharos, Chicago Tribune, 18 July 2023 The drain then redirects the water out of the home via an exterior drain or sump pump. Kamron Sanders, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sump pump was in 1875

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“Sump pump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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