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aquifer

[ak-wuh-fer] /ˈæk wə fər/
noun
1.
any geological formation containing or conducting ground water, especially one that supplies the water for wells, springs, etc.
Origin of aquifer
1900-1905
1900-05; probably < French aquifère (adj.); see aqui-, -fer
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  • Which will supply the larger region with artesian wells, an aquifer whose dip is steep or one whose dip is gentle?

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • And we know just what the strata formations are both below the reservoir and in the aquifer downstream.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
  • The aquifer dips toward the region of the wells from higher ground, where it outcrops and receives its water.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
British Dictionary definitions for aquifer

aquifer

/ˈækwɪfə/
noun
1.
a porous deposit of rock, such as a sandstone, containing water that can be used to supply wells
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Word Origin and History for aquifer
n.

1897, coined from Latin aqui-, comb. form of aqua "water" (see aqua-) + -fer "bearing," from ferre "to bear" (see infer).

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aquifer
  (āk'wə-fər)   
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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