Definition of Septic tank

1. Noun. Large tank where solid matter or sewage is disintegrated by bacteria.

Generic synonyms: Storage Tank, Tank

Definition of Septic tank

1. Noun. A small-scale watertight treatment system for domestic sewage in which the flow is slowed to allow sedimentation and sludge digestion by bacteria to take place. ¹

2. Noun. (Australia slang) Australian rhyming slang for yank, American. ¹

3. Noun. Royal Navy (UK) Slang for a Yank/American usually shortened to a Septic ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Septic Tank

septic abortion
septic arthritis
septic bursitis
septic endocarditis
septic fever
septic infarct
septic intoxication
septic phlebitis
septic pneumonia
septic retinitis
septic shock
septic sore throat
septic tank (current term)
septic tanks
septic wound
septicaemia pluriformis
septicaemic abscess
septicaemic plague
septicemic plague

Literary usage of Septic tank

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1. Sewerage and Sewage Treatment by Harold Eaton Babbitt (1922)
"The biologic process in the septic tank represents the downward portion of ... The sludge from a septic tank may be 25 to 30 per cent and in some cases 40 ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"He also stated that the Carhartts were putting dyestuff into the branch prior to the erection of the septic tank. This last fact seems to have been ..."

3. Annual Report by Baltimore (Md.). Sewerage Commission (1899)
"septic tank. Coming now to the septic tank system we have an entirely ... This process seeks to employ the anaerobic bacteria in the septic tank and the ..."

4. Investigation of Inappropriate Pollutant Entries Into Storm Drainage Systems by Robert Pitt (1993)
"Because the septic tank remains full, it must discharge a volume of wastewater each time a volume ... A septic tank may be a low maintenance treatment unit, ..."

5. Sewage Disposal by Leonard Parker Kinnicutt, Charles Edward Amory Winslow, Robert Winthrop Pratt (1910)
"This is questionable, and the general opinion at the present time is that the advantage of septic tank action lies merely in the reduction of the amount of ..."

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