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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 ?
Then re-mounting aloft, it again goes through the same round until the deep cistern will yield no more.
And many a one who hath gone into the wilderness and suffered thirst with beasts of prey, disliked only to sit at the cistern with filthy camel- drivers.
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.
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.
Then we went down into a cavern which cavilers say was once a cistern. It is a chapel, now, however--the Chapel of St.
Ah, indeed!" and also, "Is that Black Bill behind the cistern? Why I didn't look for you these two months; how do you find yourself?" Equally in his stopping at the bars and attending to anxious whisperers - always singly - Wemmick with his post-office in an immovable state, looked at them while in conference, as if he were taking particular notice of the advance they had made, since last observed, towards coming out in full blow at their trial.
For the first, the ornaments of images gilt, or of marble, which are in use, do well: but the main matter is so to convey the water, as it never stay, either in the bowls or in the cistern; that the water be never by rest discolored, green or red or the like; or gather any mossiness or putrefaction.
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.
Besides, the cistern did not contain one-fifth part of it; they must therefore give up this efficient means of deadening the shock of arrival.
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.
"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?"