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water +‎ work


waterwork (plural waterworks)

  1. (art) painting executed in size or distemper, on canvas or walls
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  2. (chiefly in the plural) A hydraulic apparatus by which a supply of water is furnished for useful or ornamental purposes, such as dams, sluices, fountains, etc.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for waterwork in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)