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 (wô′tər-wûrks′, wŏt′ər-)
a. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The water system, including reservoirs, tanks, buildings, pumps, and pipes, that supplies water to a city, town, or other municipality.
b. (used with a sing. verb) A single unit, such as a pumping station, within such a system.
2. (used with a sing. verb) An exhibition of moving water, such as a fountain or cascade.
3. (used with a pl. verb) Informal Tears: turned on the waterworks.


1. (Civil Engineering) (functioning as singular) an establishment for storing, purifying, and distributing water for community supply
2. (Art Terms) (functioning as plural) a display of water in movement, as in fountains
3. (Physiology) (functioning as plural) informal euphemistic Brit the urinary system, esp with reference to its normal functioning: he has trouble with his waterworks.
4. (Physiology) (functioning as plural) informal crying; tears


(ˈwɔ tərˌwɜrks, ˈwɒt ər-)

n., pl. -works.
1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a complete system of reservoirs, pipelines, conduits, etc., by which water is collected, purified, stored, and pumped to urban users.
2. Sometimes, waterwork. a spectacular display of water, mechanically produced.
3. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Slang. tears, or the source of tears.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.waterworks - a public utility that provides waterwaterworks - a public utility that provides water
public utility, public utility company, public-service corporation, utility - a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
2.waterworks - workplace where water is stored and purified and distributed for a communitywaterworks - workplace where water is stored and purified and distributed for a community
workplace, work - a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
su şebekesi


[ˈwɔːtəwɜːks] N
1. (for water purification) → central f depuradora
2. (= tears) to turn on the waterworksecharse a llorar
3. (= urinary tract) → vías fpl urinarias
to have trouble with one's waterworkstener problemas de orina


[ˈwɔːtərwɜːrks] npl
(= water processing plant) → usine f de retraitement des eaux
(euphemism) (= urinary system) → tuyauterie f


1. nsg (place) → impianto idrico
2. (fig) (fam) npl to turn on the waterworkspiangere come una fontana
to have trouble with one's waterworks → avere dei problemi alla vescica


(ˈwoːtə) noun
a colourless, transparent liquid compound of hydrogen and oxygen, having no taste or smell, which turns to steam when boiled and to ice when frozen. She drank two glasses of water; `Are you going swimming in the sea?' `No, the water's too cold'; Each bedroom in the hotel is supplied with hot and cold running water; (also adjective) The plumber had to turn off the water supply in order to repair the pipe; transport by land and water.
1. to supply with water. He watered the plants.
2. (of the mouth) to produce saliva. His mouth watered at the sight of all the food.
3. (of the eyes) to fill with tears. The dense smoke made his eyes water.
ˈwaters noun plural
a body of water such as the sea, a river etc. the stormy waters of the bay.
ˈwatery adjective
1. like water; diluted. a watery fluid.
2. (of eyes) full of fluid eg because of illness, cold winds etc.
3. (of a colour) pale. eyes of a watery blue.
ˈwateriness noun

water boatman

a water insect with oarlike back legs that propel it through the water.
ˈwaterborne adjective
carried or transmitted by water. Typhoid is a waterborne disease.
ˈwater-closet noun
(abbreviation WC (dabljuˈsiː) ) a lavatory.
ˈwater-colour noun
a type of paint which is thinned with water instead of with oil.
ˈwatercress noun
a herb which grows in water and is often used in salads.
ˈwaterfall noun
a natural fall of water from a height such as a rock or a cliff.
ˈwaterfowl noun or noun plural
a bird or birds which live on or beside water.
ˈwaterfront noun
that part of a town etc which faces the sea or a lake. He lives on the waterfront.
ˈwaterhole noun
a spring or other place where water can be found in a desert or other dry country. The elephant drank from the waterhole.
ˈwatering-can noun
a container used when watering plants.
water level
the level of the surface of a mass of water. The water level in the reservoir is sinking/rising.
ˈwaterlilyplural ˈwaterlilies noun
a water plant with broad flat floating leaves.
ˈwaterlogged adjective
(of ground) soaked in water.
water main
a large underground pipe carrying a public water supply.
a type of melon with green skin and red flesh.
ˈwaterproof adjective
not allowing water to soak through. waterproof material.
a coat made of waterproof material. She was wearing a waterproof.
to make (material) waterproof.
ˈwatershed noun
an area of high land from which rivers flow in different directions into different basins.
ˈwater-skiing noun
the sport of skiing on water, towed by a motor-boat.
ˈwater-ski verb
ˈwatertight adjective
made in such a way that water cannot pass through.
water vapour
water in the form of a gas, produced by evaporation.
ˈwaterway noun
a channel, eg a canal or river, along which ships can sail.
ˈwaterwheel noun
a wheel moved by water to work machinery etc.
ˈwaterworks noun singular or plural
a place in which water is purified and stored before distribution to an area.
hold water
to be convincing. His explanation won't hold water.
in(to) deep water
in(to) trouble or danger. I got into deep water during that argument.
water down
to dilute. This milk has been watered down.
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Edmund's Terrace (I waded breast-high across a torrent of water that was rushing down from the waterworks towards the Albert Road), and emerged upon the grass before the rising of the sun.
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