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artesian well

a well in which water rises under pressure from a permeable stratum overlaid by impermeable rock.
Origin of artesian well
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for artesian well
Historical Examples
  • Well, I think you will have to fall back on the opening of the artesian well.

    Messengers of Evil Pierre Souvestre
  • With some hesitation she at last alluded to the accident to the artesian well.

  • James located the first artesian well which was bored in Chicago.

  • There is an artesian well at the back, but the water must be boiled and filtered.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • This is in remembrance of an artesian well which was sunk there.

  • The road in question leads from the city to the artesian well a few miles away.

    The Short Line War Samuel Merwin
  • On the Gray ranch there is an artesian well which empties into a small pond about 100 feet square.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • He was a sort of artesian well of a man, and could not help spouting platitudes, that was all.

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
  • We tried to remedy this defect by boring an artesian well, but all our attempts were unsuccessful.

    As I Remember Marian Gouverneur
  • Before the door an artesian well glittered in the sun like an inverted crystal bowl.

    Stories of the Foot-hills Margaret Collier Graham
British Dictionary definitions for artesian well

artesian well

/ɑːˈtiːzɪən; -ʒən/
a well sunk through impermeable strata into strata receiving water from an area at a higher altitude than that of the well, so that there is sufficient pressure to force water to flow upwards
Word Origin
C19: from French artésien, from Old French Arteis Artois, old province, where such wells were common
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Word Origin and History for artesian well

see artesian

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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artesian well in Science
artesian well

A deep well that passes through impermeable rock or sediment and reaches water that is held under pressure in a confined aquifer. In aquifers of this type, the water in the lower regions is trapped between two layers of impermeable rock and cannot rise to the level of the water table in the upper, unconfined regions. When a well penetrates the confined region, the pressure forces the water to rise within the well until it reaches the elevation of the water table in the unconfined region (a level known as the potentiometric surface). ◇ In a flowing artesian well the water is under enough pressure to rise all the way to the surface without being pumped and must be capped to control the flow.
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