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catch basin

noun
1.
a receptacle, located where a street gutter opens into a sewer, designed to retain matter that would not readily pass through the sewer.
Origin of catch basin
1870-1875
1870-75
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  • You laugh at my catch-basin, some of you; I did not know what they wished these catch-basins might be, and you don't know.

    The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt
  • The three men raised the cover of the catch-basin and Reese was lowered into it.

    The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt
  • One-half mile south in a catch-basin was found the body of Dr. Cronin.

    The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt
  • At last the ditch was cleaned out, and the foreman concluded to take a look into the catch-basin before quitting for the night.

    The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt
  • Hence it was that the catch-basin in which the body had been hidden was missed.

    The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt
  • Reese was again lowered into the catch-basin and after a few moments exclaimed that he had made a further find.

    The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt
  • Accordingly they decided to take the body from the trunk, put it in the catch-basin and take the trunk back to the cottage.

    The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt
  • A catch-basin should be provided just outside the factory for all solid material which might clog the sewer pipe.

    The Book of Cheese Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
British Dictionary definitions for catch-basin

catch basin

noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a pit in a drainage system in which matter that might otherwise block a sewer is collected so that it may periodically be removed Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) catch pit
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