One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An underground conduit for carrying off drainage water and waste matter.
drain, sluice, sluiceway, culvert, spillway, flumeView synonyms
- ‘A fugitive escapes to the underground sewer of an unnamed city.’
- ‘Otherwise, they must live underground or in the sewers.’
- ‘A mysterious prowler scours London's underground sewers and tube lines, searching for suitable victims.’
- ‘As the snow melted, some other areas were warned of a chance of light flooding because of poor drainage and snow-clogged sewers.’
- ‘They climbed down the ladder and stood in the shallow waters of the sewer.’
- ‘Plans include maintaining the quality of water supplies, preventing sewers flooding in homes and reducing smells from waste treatment plants.’
- ‘At the same time, the waters of the mighty river spill into sewers and drainage ditches and carry their untreated broth to wells used for drinking water.’
- ‘It only permits a municipality to spend the money raised through development charges on new sewers, water mains and other facilities.’
- ‘A common problem is the unlawful channelling of storm water drainage into the sewer system.’
- ‘Underground drains and sewers can suffer from structural defects caused by ground movement, leakage, subsidence, tree-root infiltration or corrosion.’
- ‘An infrastructure of sewers and clean water was vital.’
- ‘Scientists first thought pharmaceutical factory wastes discharging into the sewers were the cause.’
- ‘Also, a licensed plumber may be required to attach your pipes to the public sewer line and water supply.’
- ‘In this way the underground pollution could be pumped away to sewers without fresh rain water draining through the ground and adding to the problem.’
- ‘Cities also varied on whether they would require mandatory connection to the sewer or water supply system.’
- ‘Also, the Indians complained that their villages were the last to receive electricity, water, telephone and sewers.’
- ‘All three were soaked with the disgusting water from the sewer, and poor little Roni was covered from head to toe in it.’
- ‘What little is visible in the background looks like a fragment of an underground sewer.’
- ‘At night, the utility secretly opened hydrants and poured precious drinking water into the sewers to flush the pipes.’
- ‘The same is also true of sewers and drainage systems, many of which were not repaired when they became blocked.’
Middle English (denoting a watercourse to drain marshy land): from Old Northern French seuwiere ‘channel to drain the overflow from a fish pond’, based on Latin ex- ‘out of’ + aqua ‘water’.
A person who sews.
- ‘Irene Caldwell is the company's costume designer who works with a small group of budding sewers.’
- ‘Margaret was also a great sewer and dress-maker, a craft at which she excelled in her younger years.’
- ‘An enthusiastic crafter and home sewer since childhood, Jane Schenck has a long and varied career in the home sewing industry.’
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