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sewer

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[ soo-er ]
/ ˈsu ər /
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noun

an artificial conduit, usually underground, for carrying off waste water and refuse, as in a town or city.

verb (used with object)

to provide or equip with sewers: a tax increase necessary to sewer the neighborhood.

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Origin of sewer

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1375–1425; late Middle English suer(e) <dialectal Old French se(u)wiere overflow channel (compare Old French ess(e)ouer(e) ditch) <Latin *exaquāria drain for carrying water off, equivalent to Latin ex-ex-1 + aqu(a) water + -āria, feminine of -ārius-ary; see sew2, -er2
sew·er·less, adjectivesew·er·like, adjective

Definition for sewer (2 of 3)

sewer2
[ soh-er ]
/ ˈsoʊ ər /

noun

a person or thing that sews.

Origin of sewer

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Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sew1, -er1

Definition for sewer (3 of 3)

sewer3
[ soo-er ]
/ ˈsu ər /

noun

a former household officer or head servant in charge of the service of the table.

Origin of sewer

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1300–50; Middle English, aphetic <Anglo-French asseour seater, equivalent to Old French asse(oir) to seat (<Latin assidēre to attend upon; see assiduous) + -our-or2
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  • The Strand boasted of being one of the best sewered districts in the metropolis, which, however, was not saying much for it.

    The Sanitary Evolution of London|Henry Lorenzo Jephson
  • The city has been sewered in modernwise and macadamized with care, and is supplied with abundance of purest water.

    On the Mexican Highlands|William Seymour Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for sewer (1 of 3)

sewer1
/ (ˈsuːə) /

noun

a drain or pipe, esp one that is underground, used to carry away surface water or sewage

verb

(tr) to provide with sewers
C15: from Old French esseveur, from essever to drain, from Vulgar Latin exaquāre (unattested), from Latin ex- 1 + aqua water

British Dictionary definitions for sewer (2 of 3)

sewer2
/ (ˈsəʊə) /

noun

a person or thing that sews

British Dictionary definitions for sewer (3 of 3)

sewer3
/ (ˈsuːə) /

noun

(in medieval England) a servant of high rank in charge of the serving of meals and the seating of guests
C14: shortened from Anglo-French asseour, from Old French asseoir to cause to sit, from Latin assidēre, from sedēre to sit
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