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Meaning of CISTERN

Pronunciation:  'sisturn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an artificial reservoir for storing liquids; especially an underground tank for storing rainwater
  2. [n]  a tank that holds the water used to flush a toilet
  3. [n]  a sac or cavity containing fluid especially lymph or cerebrospinal fluid

CISTERN is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cisterna, water tank
 See Also: cesspit, cesspool, pool, rain barrel, reservoir, sac, sink, storage tank, sump, tank



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cis"tern\, n. [OE. cisterne, OF. cisterne, F. cisterne,
fr. L. cisterna, fr. cista box, chest. See {Cist}, and cf.
1. An artificial reservoir or tank for holding water, beer,
   or other liquids.

2. A natural reservoir; a hollow place containing water.
   ``The wide cisterns of the lakes.'' --Blackmore.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A closed, fluid-filled sac or vesicle found on a Golgi apparatus comprising the dictyosomes.
Easton Bible Dictionary

the rendering of a Hebrew word _bor_, which means a receptacle for water conveyed to it; distinguished from _beer_, which denotes a place where water rises on the spot (Jer. 2:13; Prov. 5:15; Isa. 36:16), a fountain. Cisterns are frequently mentioned in Scripture. The scarcity of springs in Palestine made it necessary to collect rain-water in reservoirs and cisterns (Num. 21:22). (See WELL.)

Empty cisterns were sometimes used as prisons (Jer. 38:6; Lam. 3:53; Ps. 40:2; 69:15). The "pit" into which Joseph was cast (Gen. 37:24) was a _beer_ or dry well. There are numerous remains of ancient cisterns in all parts of Palestine.

Thesaurus Terms
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