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Definition of "waterworks" []

  • The water system, including reservoirs, tanks, buildings, pumps, and pipes, that supplies water to a city, town, or other municipality. (noun-plural)
  • A single unit, such as a pumping station, within such a system. (noun-plural)
  • An exhibition of moving water, such as a fountain or cascade. (noun-plural)
  • Informal Tears: turned on the waterworks. (noun-plural)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "waterworks" in a sentence
  • "Around two weeks ago the Fidesz-led municipality of Pécs decided to take control of the city's waterworks, which is managed and part-owned by a French company."
  • "Mitsubishi Electric has received orders from three water plants in the United States for ozone systems to be used in water treatment plants,such as waterworks and sewage."
  • "Construction workers are the ones who develop the housing programs, the ones who build housing for the families, the ones who build the stores, the ones who build libraries, the ones who build other services such as waterworks, sewer systems."