any geological formation containing or conducting ground water, especially one that supplies the water for wells, springs, etc.

1900–05; probably < French aquifère (adj.); see aqui-, -fer Unabridged
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aquifer (ˈækwɪfə)
a porous deposit of rock, such as a sandstone, containing water that can be used to supply wells

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Word Origin & History

1901, coined from L. aqui-, comb. form of aqua "water" (see aqua-) + -fer "bearing," from ferre "to bear" (see infer).
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aquifer   (āk'wə-fər)  Pronunciation Key 
An underground layer of permeable rock, sediment (usually sand or gravel), or soil that yields water. The pore spaces in aquifers are filled with water and are interconnected, so that water flows through them. Sandstones, unconsolidated gravels, and porous limestones make the best aquifers. They can range from a few square kilometers to thousands of square kilometers in size.
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Example sentences
Mining companies say the water quality in the aquifer will dictate the outcome,
  not mining.
The wine region's first water came from an ancient aquifer.
The newfound lake, however, is different in temperature and chemical
  composition from the main waters of the aquifer.
Any chat that can't be sold will likely be injected back into the aquifer.
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