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wa•ter•works



Pronunciation: (wô'tur-wûrks", wot'ur-), [key]
n.,
pl. -works.

1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a complete system of reservoirs, pipelines, conduits, etc., by which water is collected, purified, stored, and pumped to urban users.
2. (used with a sing. v.) a pumping station or a purifying station of such a system.
3. (usually used with a pl. v.) Sometimes, waterwork. a spectacular display of water, mechanically produced, as for a pageant.
4. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Slang.tears, or the source of tears: to turn on the waterworks.
5. Slang.the kidneys.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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