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water main

a main pipe or conduit in a system for conveying water.
Origin of water main
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Water was supplied to the houses by a water main at the side of the road.

    The Towns of Roman Britain James Oliver Bevan
  • It was hard to understand why a potent political influence should be invoked in order to secure the tapping of a water main.

    The House

    Eugene Field
  • If the head in the water main is constant, then a definite quantity of water would be delivered in a given time.

  • "Oh, that was why they were so carefully connected with the water main," interrupted Lawrence.

    L. P. M. J. Stewart Barney
  • Hi there—inside—the water main has busted, and the whole town's afloat.

    Mollie and the Unwiseman Abroad John Kendrick Bangs
  • A water main runs through the garden, so that copious supplies of water can be given in dry weather with little trouble.

  • If an excessive pressure is obtained in the boiler, it is relieved in the water main.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • This expansion can be allowed to relieve itself in the water main as explained above.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • Where fire hydrants are provided, the size of the water main should not be below four inches.

British Dictionary definitions for water main

water main

a principal supply pipe in an arrangement of pipes for distributing water
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