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sewage Syllabification: sew·age
Pronunciation: /ˈso͞oij/

Definition of sewage in English:

noun

Waste water and excrement conveyed in sewers.
Example sentences
  • The order arose after many of the wells were found to be contaminated with human sewage.
  • The lake has now become a dumping ground for the city's sewage and industrial waste.
  • The water manages to get into the sewage system causing the waste to surge up out of the manholes.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from sewer1, by substitution of the suffix -age.

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