From Old French cisterne (Modern French citerne) from Latin cisterna, from cista (“box”), from Ancient Greek κίστη (kístē, “box”).
cistern (plural cisterns)
- A reservoir or tank for holding water, especially for catching and holding rainwater for later use.
- 1913, A.C. Cotter, Catholic Encyclopedia, "Wells in Scripture",
- Their extreme necessity is attested by the countless number of old, unused cisterns with which the Holy Land is literally honeycombed.
2001, Philip J. King and Lawrence E. Stager, chapter 3, in Life in Biblical Israel, ISBN 0664221483, page 126:
- Cisterns (bôr, bō'r), mentioned frequently in the Bible, are artificial reservoirs, usually cut into bedrock, for collecting and conserving rain runoff from roofs and courtyards.
- (technical) In a flush toilet, the container in which the water used for flushing is held; a toilet tank.
2003, Allan Windust, chapter 9, in Waterwise House & Garden: a Guide for Sustainable Living, ISBN 0643068007, page 36:
- It is possible to connect your tank to your toilet cistern and/or garden, so that even if the water is not drinkable it still can be used productively to make major water savings.
- (anatomy) A cisterna.
reservoir for holding water
- Italian: cisterna (it) f
- Japanese: 水槽 (ja) (すいそう, suisō), 貯水槽 (ちょすいそう, chosuisō), タンク (ja) (tanku)
- Korean: 탱크 (ko) (taengkeu)
- Maori: kurawai
- Ngazidja Comorian: isima class 7/8
- Bokmål: sisterne m, f, cisterne m, f
- Nynorsk: sisterne f, cisterne f
- Polish: cysterna (pl) f
- Portuguese: cisterna (pt) f
- Romanian: cisternă (ro) f
- Russian: цисте́рна (ru) f (cistɛ́rna), бак (ru) m (bak)
- Sardinian: chisterra f, cisterra, gisterra
- Scots: cistren
- Scottish Gaelic: amar m
- Sicilian: jisterna (scn) f, isterna (scn) f
- Spanish: aljibe (es) m, cisterna (es) f
- Thai: please add this translation if you can
- Tigrinya: ጋው (ti) (gaw)
- Turkish: sarnıç (tr)
- Vietnamese: please add this translation if you can
- cistern, tank