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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Within hours, DeKalb County felt the repercussions of a 48-inch water main burst. Ajc Homepage, ajc, "ICYMI: Three metro Atlanta stories worth checking out," 10 Mar. 2018 Massive amounts of snow, hundreds of flight cancellations, and a broken water main that flooded a terminal, leaving mountains of unclaimed luggage and thousands of angry passengers in its wake. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "‘What happened at JFK … was unacceptable’: Trying to prevent a repetition of the winter storm airport meltdown," 19 Jan. 2018 In March, a massive water main break in Doraville impacted customers all over the county and prompted school and business closures. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "DeKalb water main fixed after earlier break cut service for dozens," 28 June 2018 One water main break is at Rhode Island Avenue and 41st Place. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Water main breaks in Washington cause Metro bus delays," 3 Jan. 2018 Originally a degaussing station for the navy, the house was renovated in 2010 and contains an over-the-water main house and a landlocked guest house. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Grand home built in scenic Charleston harbor asks $7.9M," 6 Nov. 2018 Preliminary information indicates that the water main was built in 1895, DiGiulio said. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Recent 48-inch water main breaks in Philadelphia," 3 July 2018 The city of Houston is encouraging those who live near Bush Intercontinental Airport to boil their water until officials finish testing whether a nearby water main repair negatively impacted the water supply. Rebecca Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Residents near IAH advised to boil water after water main repair," 5 Mar. 2018 The storm sewers have been installed and crews this month started putting in new water mains, said George Peluso, director of public services. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Street Bridge and Chicago Avenue in Hinsdale to close for construction," 12 July 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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