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sewer1

[soo-er] /ˈsu ər/
noun
1.
an artificial conduit, usually underground, for carrying off waste water and refuse, as in a town or city.
verb (used with object)
2.
to provide or equip with sewers:
a tax increase necessary to sewer the neighborhood.
Origin
late Middle English
dialectal Old French
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English suer(e) < dialectal Old French se(u)wiere overflow channel (compare Old French ess(e)ouer(e) ditch) < Latin *exaquāria drain for carrying water off, equivalent to Latin ex- ex- + aqu(a) water + -āria, feminine of -ārius -ary; see sew2, -er2
Related forms
sewerless, adjective
sewerlike, adjective

sewer2

[soh-er] /ˈsoʊ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that sews.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English; see sew1, -er1

sewer3

[soo-er] /ˈsu ər/
noun
1.
a former household officer or head servant in charge of the service of the table.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English, aphetic < Anglo-French asseour seater, equivalent to Old French asse(oir) to seat (< Latin assidēre to attend upon; see assiduous) + -our -or2
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Examples from the web for sewer
  • The guy running the snake down our sewer looks matter-of-fact.
  • The story begins with an exploding sewer and a manhole cover flying through the air which cuts off the head of a priest.
  • Thus, they found that the clay pipe leading from my house to the city sewer line had been severed.
  • In winter, pools of water form slippery ponds of ice leaking from the ruptured water and sewer lines.
  • Water and sewer lines were buried beneath the crooked lanes.
  • He led the survivors out of the burning area through the city sewer system.
  • But somehow, in making the leap from sewer to salon, pop music has ceased to be an adventure.
  • The dark, unventilated bedroom is going with them, and the open sewer.
  • Steam rises as if from sewer grates, and dancers materialize while you're intrigued by events elsewhere on the stage.
  • Many of these new housing units are still unoccupied, as they await connections to new sewer and electrical grids.
British Dictionary definitions for sewer

sewer1

/ˈsuːə/
noun
1.
a drain or pipe, esp one that is underground, used to carry away surface water or sewage
verb
2.
(transitive) to provide with sewers
Word Origin
C15: from Old French esseveur, from essever to drain, from Vulgar Latin exaquāre (unattested), from Latin ex-1 + aqua water

sewer2

/ˈsəʊə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that sews

sewer3

/ˈsuːə/
noun
1.
(in medieval England) a servant of high rank in charge of the serving of meals and the seating of guests
Word Origin
C14: shortened from Anglo-French asseour, from Old French asseoir to cause to sit, from Latin assidēre, from sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for sewer
n.

c.1400, "conduit," from Anglo-French sewere, Old North French sewiere "sluice from a pond" (13c.), literally "something that makes water flow," from shortened form of Gallo-Romance *exaquaria (cf. Middle French esseveur), from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + aquaria, fem. of aquarius "pertaining to water," from aqua "water" (see aqua-).

Specifically of underground channels for wastewater from c.1600; figurative use of this is from 1640s.

"one who sews," late 14c., agent noun from sew (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for sewer

sewer

noun

A vein or artery: if I had put it right in the sewer instead of skin popping (1960s+ Narcotics)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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