aquæduct

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aquæduct (plural aquæducts)

  1. Archaic spelling of aqueduct.
    • 1766, Temple Henry Croker, Thomas Williams, Samuel Clarke, The complete dictionary of arts and sciences, AQU:
      AQUÆDUCT, in architecture and hydraulics, a canal ſupported by ſtone, timber, &c. for conveying water from one place to another. The word is Latin, aquæductus, q. d. ductus aquæ, a conduit of water. The Romans, and ſeveral oriental nations, were very magnificent in their aquæducts, ſome of which extended an hundred miles. Frontinus, a man of conſular dignity, and who had the direction of the aquæducts under the emperor Nerva, mentions nine of theſe ſtructures that emptied themſelves through 13,594 pipes of an inch diameter. And Vigenere has obſerved that Rome received, every twenty‐four hours, no leſs than 500,000 hogſheads of water. AQUÆDUCT, in anatomy, a term applied by anatomiſts to certain canals, on account of their form or uſe : ſuch are the aquæduct of Fallopium, a canal ſituated between the apophyſes, ſtyloides, and maſtoides  ; the aquæduct of Nuck, in the ſelerotic coat of the eye ; and the aquæduct of ſylvius, in the brain, the poſterior ſurface of which is called its anus.