Definition of waterwork
1 : something (as a tank, dock, canal lock, levee, or seawall) built in, for, or as a protection against water
2 : a mechanism, contrivance, or set of equipment for handling water: such as a : an ornamental or spectacular display of water mechanically produced : fountain, cascade —usually used in plural b (1) obsolete : a mechanical contrivance for raising and distributing water (2) waterworks plural : the whole system of resevoirs, channels, mains, and pumping and purifying equipment by which a water supply is obtained and distributed to consumers; also : a pumping or purifying station of such a system c waterworks plural (1) : the channels by which sap or other vital fluid is handled in the living body the complex waterworks of a tree (2) slang : kidneys
3 waterworks plural : tears or the shedding of tears
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Origin and Etymology of waterwork
Middle English waterwerk, from water + werk, wurk, work work — more at work
First Known Use: 15th century
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