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sewage

[soo-ij] /ˈsu ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the waste matter that passes through sewers.
Also, sewerage.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; sew(er)1 (as if the ending was -er1) + -age
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Examples for sewage
  • Knowing the past means knowing what people carried in their pockets, what they did with their sewage, where their dogs slept.
  • For example, if you talk about microbiology, a trip to a brewery or the sewage treatment plant would be relevant.
  • Better water and sewage systems and a more responsive, efficient power grid are vital to maintain our standard of living.
  • He improved water supplies, sewage disposal and city streets.
  • Heavy construction, metallurgic activity and sewage runoff account for these remnants.
  • From there, they can wash down drains, ultimately ending up in the sewage sludge of wastewater treatment plants.
  • The tab is being picked up by every home and business through increased sewage rates.
  • Breweries, pig farms, food-processing plants and even sewage works could gain from the technology.
  • If this second hypothesis proves correct, the cure is to remove nitrogen from farmland or sewage discharges, or perhaps both.
  • Water and gas are delivered, and sewage removed, via vertical steel pipes in the non-rotating base.
British Dictionary definitions for sewage

sewage

/ˈsuːɪdʒ/
noun
1.
waste matter from domestic or industrial establishments that is carried away in sewers or drains for dumping or conversion into a form that is not toxic
Word Origin
C19: back formation from sewer1
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Word Origin and History for sewage
n.

1818, from sew (v.) "to drain, draw off water" (late 15c., from sewer (n.1)) + -age.

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