water main


a main pipe or conduit in a system for conveying water.

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Origin of water main

First recorded in 1795–1805

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Examples from the Web for water main

  • There was an excavation—an opening for a water-main—in this street.

    Hiram The Young Farmer|Burbank L. Todd
  • At every short distance there is a connection with the water-main and a length of hose always fit and ready for any emergency.

  • It is best not to take the water direct from the water-main, but from a cistern about fifteen feet above the nozzle.

    Soap-Bubbles|C. V. Boys
  • If a town is suffering from a break in the water-main, there are two things that may be done!

    The Next Step|Scott Nearing

British Dictionary definitions for water main

water main


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