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cis·tern

 (sĭs′tərn)
n.
1. A receptacle for holding water or other liquid, especially a tank for catching and storing rainwater.
2. Anatomy A cisterna.

[Middle English cisterne, from Latin cisterna, from cista, box, from Greek kistē, basket.]

cis·tern′al (sĭ-stûr′nəl) adj.

cistern

(ˈsɪstən)
n
1. (Building) a tank for the storage of water, esp on or within the roof of a house or connected to a WC
2. (Building) an underground reservoir for the storage of a liquid, esp rainwater
3. (Anatomy) anatomy another name for cisterna
[C13: from Old French cisterne, from Latin cisterna underground tank, from cista box]
cisternal adj

cis•tern

(ˈsɪs tərn)

n.
1. a reservoir, tank, or container for storing or holding water or other liquid.
2. a reservoir or receptacle of some natural fluid of the body.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin cisterna <cist(a) chest]

Cistern

A deep hole dug in the ground, usually next to a house, and used to store rainwater that ran off the house roof. Cisterns were ordinarily used where no drinkable underground water could be found at a reasonable depth. The inside walls of a cistern were usually of masonry to prevent water loss from seepage and to prevent possible contaminated surface water from entering the cistern. Since the normal source of cistern water was rain, in periods of draught it was sometimes necessary to use a water wagon to haul in water.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cistern - a sac or cavity containing fluid especially lymph or cerebrospinal fluid
sac - a structure resembling a bag in an animal
2.Cistern - a tank that holds the water used to flush a toiletcistern - a tank that holds the water used to flush a toilet
storage tank, tank - a large (usually metallic) vessel for holding gases or liquids
3.cistern - an artificial reservoir for storing liquids; especially an underground tank for storing rainwater
cesspit, cesspool, sump, sink - a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it
pool - an excavation that is (usually) filled with water
rain barrel - a barrel used as a cistern to hold rainwater
reservoir - tank used for collecting and storing a liquid (as water or oil)

cistern

noun tank, vat, basin, reservoir, sink He pointed to the antiquated cistern above the lavatory.
Translations
صِهْريج، خَزّان ماء
cisterna
cisternevandtank
víztartály
vatnsgeymir
bakascisterna
cisterna
cisterna
rezervuarsarnıç

cistern

[ˈsɪstən] N [of WC] → cisterna f; (= tank) → depósito m; (for hot water) → termo m; (for rainwater) → aljibe m, cisterna f

cistern

[ˈsɪstərn] n
[toilet] → réservoir m de chasse d'eau
(= water tank) (in house)réservoir m (d'eau); (outside)citerne f

cistern

nZisterne f; (of WC)Spülkasten m

cistern

[ˈsɪstən] nserbatoio, cisterna; (in toilet) → serbatoio d'acqua

cistern

(ˈsistən) noun
a tank etc for storing water (especially for a lavatory).

cis·tern

n. cisterna, receptáculo de agua, aljibe.
References in classic literature ?
A youth, a mild-faced Acadian, was drawing water from the cistern, which was nothing more than a rusty buoy, with an opening on one side, sunk in the ground.
Then re-mounting aloft, it again goes through the same round until the deep cistern will yield no more.
When it was finished, the queen was so delighted, that she ran with it in her lap to the king, who ordered it to be put into a cistern full of water, with me in it, by way of trial, where I could not manage my two sculls, or little oars, for want of room.
One might have been swimming in a con- founded thousand-feet deep cistern with no place for scrambling out anywhere; but what I didn't like was the notion of swimming round and round like a crazed bullock before I gave out; and as I didn't mean to go back.
Don't you remember that her boiler was to be had out in October, and her bath cistern cleaned out, and all kinds of terrible to-doings?
When they arrived at Mr Korbes's house, he was not at home; so the mice drew the carriage into the coach-house, Chanticleer and Partlet flew upon a beam, the cat sat down in the fireplace, the duck got into the washing cistern, the pin stuck himself into the bed pillow, the millstone laid himself over the house door, and the egg rolled himself up in the towel.
I knew he meant well in paying me this compliment, so I laughed at myself for blushing at it when he had shut the door and got upon the box; and we all three laughed and chatted about our inexperience and the strangeness of London until we turned up under an archway to our destination--a narrow street of high houses like an oblong cistern to hold the fog.
Then we went down into a cavern which cavilers say was once a cistern.
You, Harry, my boy, who have only to turn on a couple of taps to summon "hot" and "cold" from an unseen, vasty cistern, can have little idea of the luxury of that muddy wallow in brackish tepid water.
On Mount Sainte-Geneviève a sort of Job of the Middle Ages, for the space of thirty years, chanted the seven penitential psalms on a dunghill at the bottom of a cistern, beginning anew when he had finished, singing loudest at night,
It was a Byzantine cistern, which the popular fancy had endowed with fantastic vastness; and the legend which he read told that a boat was always moored at the entrance to tempt the unwary, but no traveller venturing into the darkness had ever been seen again.
Behind the chapel extended, surrounded by two high hedges of hazel, elder and white thorn, and a deep ditch, the little inclosure - uncultivated, though gay in its sterility; because the mosses there grew thick, wild heliotrope and ravenelles there mingled perfumes, while from beneath an ancient chestnut issued a crystal spring, a prisoner in its marble cistern, and on the thyme all around alighted thousands of bees from the neighboring plants, whilst chaffinches and redthroats sang cheerfully among the flower-spangled hedges.