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water tower

noun
1.
a vertical pipe or tower into which water is pumped to a height sufficient to maintain a desired pressure for firefighting, distribution to customers, etc.
2.
a fire-extinguishing apparatus for throwing a stream of water on the upper parts of a tall burning building.
Origin of water tower
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • After a time we made out the trees and water tower of Juja ahead; and by four o'clock had turned into the avenue of trees.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • As there was no alternative we drove back to the water tower in the city.

  • For an attack on the upper storeys of a house a special "water tower" is much used in America.

    The Romance of Modern Mechanism Archibald Williams
  • It is now the water tower which holds the supply for Oxford prison.

  • The water tower was finished, and the big spherical tank hoisted on top of it and made fast.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
  • I asked where I could find a boarding place, and was directed to the St. Louis house, near where the water tower now stands.

  • Next night the enemy, about two hundred strong, made a determined effort to fire the water tower.

  • The water tower at the north-west corner of the city bears the marks of some well-aimed shots from the guns of Cromwell's men.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
British Dictionary definitions for water tower

water tower

noun
1.
a reservoir or storage tank mounted on a tower-like structure at the summit of an area of high ground in a place where the water pressure would otherwise be inadequate for distribution at a uniform pressure
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