Definition of Cistern

1. Noun. A sac or cavity containing fluid especially lymph or cerebrospinal fluid.

Exact synonyms: Cisterna
Generic synonyms: Sac

2. Noun. A tank that holds the water used to flush a toilet.
Exact synonyms: Water Tank
Generic synonyms: Storage Tank, Tank

3. Noun. An artificial reservoir for storing liquids; especially an underground tank for storing rainwater.
Specialized synonyms: Cesspit, Cesspool, Sink, Sump, Rain Barrel
Generic synonyms: Pool, Reservoir

Definition of Cistern

1. n. An artificial reservoir or tank for holding water, beer, or other liquids.

Definition of Cistern

1. Noun. A reservoir or tank for holding water, especially for catching and holding rainwater for later use. ¹

2. Noun. (context: technical) In a flush toilet, the container in which the water used for flushing is held; a toilet tank. ¹

3. Noun. (anatomy) A cisterna. ¹

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Definition of Cistern

1. a water tank [n -S]

Medical Definition of Cistern

1. A closed, fluid-filled sac or vesicle found on a Golgi apparatus comprising the dictyosomes. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cistern

cistern (current term)
cistern of chiasm
cistern of cytoplasmic reticulum
cistern of great cerebral vein
cistern of great vein of cerebrum
cistern of lateral fossa of cerebrum
cistern of nuclear envelope
cisterna ambiens
cisterna basalis
cisterna caryothecae
cisterna cerebellomedullaris
cisterna chiasmatis
cisterna chyli
cisterna cruralis

Literary usage of Cistern

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Barometer. the level of the surface of the cistern as the mercury rises and ... Since capillarity depresses the height of the column, cistern barometers ..."

2. Report of the Annual Meeting (1862)
"The stalk has a buoyant power sufficient to carry its own weight, the cistern, and the mercury in the cistern, at the lowest pressure of the atmosphere. ..."

3. Elementary Treatise on Mechanics: For the Use of Colleges and Schools of Science by William Guy Peck (1870)
"The cistern barometer consists of a glass tube, filled and inverted in a cistern of ... The tube is surrounded by a frame of metal, attached to the cistern. ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"2 shows the cistern Barometer in its essential and simplest form. ... 2. tem as the mercury rises and falls Siphon _ cistern ¡n the tube, the latter being ..."

5. The New England Farmer by Samuel W. Cole (1870)
"We make the man-hole at one side of the cistern because we can get it usually ... Place them on the cistern, and point up with mortar underneath the plank. ..."

6. A Compendium of the Course of Chemical Instruction in the Medical Department by Robert Hare (1836)
"The following figure represents the mercurial cistern used in my laboratory. The front is supposed to be removed, that the inside may be exposed to view. ..."

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