[ nawr-ee-uh, nohr- ]

  1. a device consisting of a series of buckets on a wheel, used in Spain and the East for raising water.

Origin of noria

1785–95; <Spanish <Arabic nāʿūra

Words Nearby noria Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use noria in a sentence

  • Dating back to the 14th century, the largest noria is nearly 70 feet in diameter.

    Fun: A River Runs Through It | Sean Culligan | June 4, 2021 | Ozy
  • The noria, a chain of pots, and the screw of Archimedes were other forms of ancient pumps.

    Inventions in the Century | William Henry Doolittle
  • Here the traveller from the north first sees the noria or Moorish water-wheel at work.

    Spain | Wentworth Webster
  • Our first work on reaching the island was to erect a water wheel, or “noria,” as it was called in the book, in front of the camp.

    The Scientific American Boy | A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • I offer him a double price for the fine fighting cock he has brought from noria, but this he will not give up.

    On the Mexican Highlands | William Seymour Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for noria


/ (ˈnɔːrɪə) /

  1. a water wheel with buckets attached to its rim for raising water from a stream into irrigation canals: common in Spain and the Orient

Origin of noria

C18: via Spanish from Arabic nā`ūra, from na`ara to creak

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