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.
Recent Examples on the Web On Story Road, another large project, including a water main replacement with a new traffic pattern, is on schedule. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Large construction projects making progress in Rocky River," 7 June 2020 University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Clifton had a water main break on Saturday. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "UC Medical Center has water main break, no injuries," 13 June 2020 The Shoreland Avenue-Struhar Drive water main replacement is progressing, though presenting a bit of a nightmare for residents. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Large construction projects making progress in Rocky River," 7 June 2020 Louisville Water spokesperson Kelley Dearing Smith said the 8-inch water main broke about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, pouring thousands of gallons of water onto the road. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Busted water main causes 'major flooding' on Palatka Road near Louisville's Iroquois Park," 24 Mar. 2020 Blaming aging infrastructure for the incident, Turner said the water main was 35 years old. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Much of Houston remains under boil-water notice as crews repair broken water main that supplies about half of the city," 28 Feb. 2020 Captain Keith Houghton said in a brief phone interview that the water main broke at around 8:30 a.m. and officers have been detouring traffic for a few hours. Shafaq Patel, BostonGlobe.com, "Water main break affects traffic in Prattville area of Chelsea," 1 Feb. 2020 Although it's been reported the water main caused a sinkhole, Bracken said there is no sinkhole. Chase Hunter, azcentral, "Water main break shuts down section of 27th Avenue in north Phoenix," 2 Jan. 2020 The water main is a 12-inch cast-iron line, Denver Water spokesman Todd Hartman said. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Some roads closed in Denver’s Wellshire neighborhood due to water main break," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of water main

1776, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2020

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“Water main.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20main. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of water main

: a large underground pipe that carries water

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