Definition of aqueduct in English:

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aqueduct

Pronunciation: /ˈäkwəˌdəkt/
/ˈakwəˌdəkt/

noun

1An artificial channel for conveying water, typically in the form of a bridge supported by tall columns across a valley.
Example sentences
  • It seems likely, judging from the sediments in the water channels, that the aqueduct went on supplying water to Nîmes until the early medieval period.
  • Even today, residents of desert outposts like Khotan and Korla live as they have for centuries, funneling precious water in ancient aqueducts to fields bursting with grapes and apricots.
  • You see, this young engineer Attilus builds a great aqueduct to bring water from the slopes of Vesuvius sixty miles to Pompeii and other towns on the Bay of Naples.
Synonyms
1.1 Anatomy A small canal containing fluid.
Example sentences
  • The tumor measured 64 x 35 x 27 mm and extended from the aqueduct to the Cl level of the spinal cord.
  • The root fibers arising from the trochlear nuclei form a decussation dorsal to the mesencephalic aqueduct, and they are the only cranial nerves that cross completely and that leave the dorsal aspect of the brain stem.
  • From the lateral ventricles CSF drains into the central third ventricle, and thence through the aqueduct in the midbrain into the fourth ventricle.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from obsolete French (now aqueduc), from Latin aquae ductus 'conduit', from aqua 'water' + ducere 'to lead'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: aq·ue·duct

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