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catch basin

a receptacle, located where a street gutter opens into a sewer, designed to retain matter that would not readily pass through the sewer.
Origin of catch basin
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He goes out and almost stands on the catch basin where the body lay—hunting for the body that was in the trunk.

    The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt
  • The man told me that the catch basin was "reeking with the germs of disease."

    The House Eugene Field
  • It was about this time, too, that I paid a man four dollars to clean out the catch basin in the rear of our premises.

    The House Eugene Field
  • The strata-borne water had found the hole and were pouring down into the cavern and catch basin.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
  • Number One crane operator slammed his release button and the tractor fell with a jarring crash to the floor of the catch basin.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
  • In spite of the insects, the boys concentrated on the catch basin, alert for any sign of the ghost.

    The Blue Ghost Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for catch basin

catch basin

(US & Canadian) a pit in a drainage system in which matter that might otherwise block a sewer is collected so that it may periodically be removed Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) catch pit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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