- 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
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Examples from the Web for catch basin
The three men raised the cover of the catch-basin and Reese was lowered into it.
Hence it was that the catch-basin in which the body had been hidden was missed.
At last the ditch was cleaned out, and the foreman concluded to take a look into the catch-basin before quitting for the night.
Accordingly they decided to take the body from the trunk, put it in the catch-basin and take the trunk back to the cottage.
Reese was again lowered into the catch-basin and after a few moments exclaimed that he had made a further find.
- US and Canadian a pit in a drainage system in which matter that might otherwise block a sewer is collected so that it may periodically be removedAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): catch pit
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