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water tower

  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.
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Origin of water tower

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples of water tower

  • There were a number of cottages, two long, low buildings, and the water-tower.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • I gathered in all the Serviles on charge of Crowd-making, and put 'em in the water-tower, and then I let things cut loose.

  • A water-tower, for example, was destroyed by sending a railway engine full tilt against it.

  • Roller and Conrad soon made out, to their great relief, that the water-tower was still standing.

  • There was a big farm bell hung to a creaking arm in the water-tower beside the old colonial dwelling.

British Dictionary definitions for water tower

water tower

  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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