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water tower

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.
a fire-extinguishing apparatus for throwing a stream of water on the upper parts of a tall burning building.
Origin of water tower
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I gathered in all the Serviles on charge of Crowd-making, and put 'em in the water-tower, and then I let things cut loose.

    A Diversity of Creatures Rudyard Kipling
  • A water-tower, for example, was destroyed by sending a railway engine full tilt against it.

  • Roller and Conrad soon made out, to their great relief, that the water-tower was still standing.

  • At that moment there came a louder roar from far down in the street below: the water-tower had arrived.

  • There were a number of cottages, two long, low buildings, and the water-tower.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • The enemy's attack was driven off, and water-carriers having been sent out to the water-tower, the fire there was quickly put out.

    The Relief of Chitral George John Younghusband
  • There was a big farm bell hung to a creaking arm in the water-tower beside the old colonial dwelling.

  • The top of the water-tower was also strengthened, and its lowest story pierced with loopholes.

    The Relief of Chitral George John Younghusband
  • Already this term he had mounted the water-tower and painted the freshman numerals green.

    Princeton Stories Jesse Lynch Williams
British Dictionary definitions for water-tower

water tower

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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