Definition of artesian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɑːˈtiːzɪən/


Relating to or denoting a well bored perpendicularly into water-bearing strata lying at an angle, so that natural pressure produces a constant supply of water with little or no pumping: the availability of water from artesian wells makes agriculture possible water from the island’s artesian supply
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  • The drilling cut off the water supply from three artesian wells on their private land.
  • It was taken to Ilam to pump water for domestic supply from an artesian bore near the water wheel to a water tank on a tower beside the homestead.
  • In both flowing and non-flowing artesian wells, the water is under higher pressure than would be created by a column of water extending from the depth of the open well to the top of the aquifer.


Mid 19th century: from French artésien 'from Artois' (see Artois), where such wells were first made.

  • This comes from French artésien ‘from Artois’, a region of north-west France where wells of this type were first made in the 18th century.

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