water main


Definition of water main 

: a pipe or conduit for conveying water

Examples of water main in a Sentence

The water main burst and flooded the street.

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Over time, data about weather can be correlated with information routinely collected on events such as water main breaks and power outages to help the city anticipate the impacts of certain conditions. Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 2018 The water main broke when the weight of a 100-foot boom caused the truck it was mounted on to flip on its side. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Crane collapse: Boil-water advisory lifted," 12 June 2018 Crews have closed Bradley Road for water main replacement in Oregon City from South Holcombe Boulevard to Taylor Terrace Road. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: Intermittent closures on I-84 westbound just east of Corbett," 17 Jan. 2018 Images of the site where the water main broke showed an intersection completely ripped apart with pipes jutting out. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Massive water main break floods Philadelphia's Center City," 4 July 2018 Hours after the water main broke, Mallory was still waiting outside the ShopRite, keeping an eye on her car, several feet away. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Recent 48-inch water main breaks in Philadelphia," 3 July 2018 The water main broke when contractors preparing for construction of the intermediate school hit it. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hamilton High School to close early due to water main break," 16 May 2018 Much of the mountain town of Banner Elk, in North Carolina’s ski country, is without water Friday after a water main broke. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "NC mountain town without water after main breaks | Charlotte Observer," 12 Jan. 2018 Indeed, the delays reportedly continued, and that was before the water main broke in Terminal 4. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "JFK Terminal Floods After Water Main Break in Third Day of Chaos at Airport," 7 Jan. 2018

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1776, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of water main

: a large underground pipe that carries water

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