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septic tank

noun
1.
a tank in which solid organic sewage is decomposed and purified by anaerobic bacteria.
Origin of septic tank
1900-1905
1900-05
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  • It can be accomplished by a septic tank or a tight cesspool.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • The making of a septic tank is simple when the principle is once understood.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • A septic tank is a scientific receptacle to take the poison out of sewerage.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • There was an overflow pipe that led to a septic tank beneath the floor of the camp itself; thus it wouldn't freeze.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • In other words, a line of land tile like the fields of the septic tank.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • There were cooking smells—barbecue and Cuban spices—and a little hint of septic tank or compost heap.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • The septic tank is composed of two chambers—one the liquefying chamber and the other the oxidizing chamber.

    Mechanical Devices in the Home Edith Louise Allen
  • The latter with its two chambers is really a variety of the septic tank itself.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • At one time the north addition contained a toilet and bathtub which drained into a septic tank northwest of the house.

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British Dictionary definitions for septic tank

septic tank

noun
1.
a tank, usually below ground, for containing sewage to be decomposed by anaerobic bacteria
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