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water tower

noun
1.
a vertical pipe or tower into which water is pumped to a height sufficient to maintain a desired pressure for firefighting, distribution to customers, etc.
2.
a fire-extinguishing apparatus for throwing a stream of water on the upper parts of a tall burning building.
Origin of water tower
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85
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  • As there was no alternative we drove back to the water tower in the city.

  • It is now the water tower which holds the supply for Oxford prison.

  • I asked where I could find a boarding place, and was directed to the St. Louis house, near where the water tower now stands.

  • It is situated almost exactly midway between the water tower and Mortimers.

    Warwickshire Clive Holland
  • The water tower at the north-west corner of the city bears the marks of some well-aimed shots from the guns of Cromwell's men.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • The water tower was finished, and the big spherical tank hoisted on top of it and made fast.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
  • After a time we made out the trees and water tower of Juja ahead; and by four o'clock had turned into the avenue of trees.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • The high water tower which may now be seen as a land mark for many miles was not then erected.

British Dictionary definitions for water tower

water tower

noun
1.
a reservoir or storage tank mounted on a tower-like structure at the summit of an area of high ground in a place where the water pressure would otherwise be inadequate for distribution at a uniform pressure
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