Definition of cistern in English:

cistern

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪstən
 
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noun

1A tank for storing water, especially one supplying taps or as part of a flushing toilet.
More example sentences
  • It is a water-saving device you fit in your toilet cistern so that less water is used for flushing.
  • The Court of Appeal held that although the escape of water was a consequence of the maintenance of the cistern and water supply by the landlord, it was not a breach of the covenant for quiet enjoyment.
  • Everything they needed to survive was inside: stores of food, cisterns of water, and strategically-placed air holes.
Synonyms
tank, reservoir, container;
vat, butt
1.1An underground reservoir for rainwater.
More example sentences
  • Many had wells or cisterns for collecting rainwater.
  • The city's greatest find, though, lay hidden beneath the surface: four immense, underground water cisterns.
  • Rain flowing from the roof is collected in an underground cistern and reused.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French cisterne, from Latin cisterna, from cista 'box' (see cist).

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