sewer

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Etymology 1[edit]

Inside an underground sewer (etymology 1)

From Anglo-Norman sewere ‎(water-course), from Old French sewiere ‎(overflow channel for a fishpond), from Vulgar Latin *exaquāria ‎(drain for carrying water off), from Latin ex ‎(out of, from) with aquāria.

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sewer ‎(plural sewers)

  1. A pipe or system of pipes used to remove human waste and to provide drainage.
    • 2014 June 14, “It's a gas”, The Economist, volume 411, number 8891: 
      One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. Isolating a city’s effluent and shipping it away in underground sewers has probably saved more lives than any medical procedure except vaccination.
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sewer ‎(third-person singular simple present sewers, present participle sewering, simple past and past participle sewered)

  1. (transitive) To provide (a place) with a system of sewers.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Anglo-Norman asseour, from Old French asseoir ‎(find a seat for), from Latin assidēre, present active participle of assideō ‎(attend to), from ad ‎(to, towards, at) + sedeō ‎(sit).

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sewer ‎(plural sewers)

  1. (now historical) A servant attending at a meal, responsible for seating arrangements, serving dishes etc.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      While the Saxon was plunged in these painful reflections, the door of their prison opened, and gave entrance to a sewer, holding his white rod of office.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 287:
      His nephew Charles, meanwhile, had grown up in the royal household, working as a sewer, or waiter.

Etymology 3[edit]

A sewer (Etymology 3) in Dhaka

sew +‎ -er

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sewer ‎(plural sewers)

  1. One who sews.
  2. A small tortricid moth whose larva sews together the edges of a leaf by means of silk.
    the apple-leaf sewer, Phoxopteris nubeculana
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