waterworks

plural noun
wa·​ter·​works | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌwərks How to pronounce waterworks (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of waterworks

1 : the system of reservoirs, channels, mains, and pumping and purifying equipment by which a water supply is obtained and distributed (as to a city)
2 : an ornamental fountain or cascade
3 : the shedding of tears : tears

Examples of waterworks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The city also is budgeting $6.7 million for water main replacements, $1 million for chlorination equipment improvements and generator replacements at northeast waterworks, and $1.5 million to paint the elevated water tank. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, 16 Nov. 2021 The gorgeous short film film, shot by cinematographer Rina Yang, certainly induces waterworks. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, 12 Nov. 2021 These towns grew quickly as governments invested in public infrastructure like airports and waterworks, and residents increasingly relied on foods and materials imported from southern Canada. Marc Fawcett-atkinson, Wired, 30 Oct. 2021 Additionally, there’s $25 billion for airports, $55 billion for waterworks and more than $50 billion to bolster infrastructure against cyberattacks and climate change. Anchorage Daily News, 30 July 2021 Additionally, there's $25 billion for airports, $55 billion for waterworks and more than $50 billion to bolster infrastructure against cyberattacks and climate change. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, 28 July 2021 While many dealt with waterworks and sniffles after watching the end of season 2, fans later rejoiced when Jamie and Claire reunited in the middle of season 3. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 4 Oct. 2021 Additionally, there’s $25 billion for airports, $55 billion for waterworks and more than $50 billion to bolster infrastructure against cyberattacks and climate change. Anchorage Daily News, 30 July 2021 The thick bill is the first part of Biden's infrastructure agenda and would inject billions of new spending into roads, bridges, waterworks, broadband and other projects to virtually every corner of the nation. Arkansas Online, 7 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of waterworks

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Waterworks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterworks. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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waterworks

noun

English Language Learners Definition of waterworks

: a system for supplying water to a city or town that includes pipes, pumps, etc.
: the parts of the body that produce urine : the urinary system

waterworks

noun plural
wa·​ter·​works | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌwərks How to pronounce waterworks (audio) , ˈwä- \

Kids Definition of waterworks

: a system of dams, reservoirs, pumps, and pipes for supplying water (as to a city)

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