Artesian wells
Artesian Ar*te"sian, a. [F. art['e]sien, fr. Artois in France, where many such wells have been made since the middle of the last century.] Of or pertaining to Artois (anciently called Artesium), in France. [1913 Webster]

{Artesian wells}, wells made by boring into the earth till the instrument reaches water, which, from internal pressure, flows spontaneously like a fountain. They are usually of small diameter and often of great depth. [1913 Webster]


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  • ARTESIAN WELLS —    wells made by boring for water where it is lower than its source, so as to obtain a constant supply of it …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Artesian — Ar*te sian, a. [F. art[ e]sien, fr. Artois in France, where many such wells have been made since the middle of the last century.] Of or pertaining to Artois (anciently called Artesium), in France. [1913 Webster] {Artesian wells}, wells made by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Artesian aquifer — See Great Artesian Basin for the water source in Australia. An artesian aquifer is a confined aquifer containing groundwater that will flow upwards through a well without the need for pumping. Water may even spurt out of the ground if the natural …   Wikipedia

  • artesian well — a well in which water rises under pressure from a permeable stratum overlaid by impermeable rock. [1855 60] * * *       a man made spring from which water flows under natural pressure without pumping. It is dug or drilled wherever a gently… …   Universalium

  • artesian well — UK [ɑː(r)ˌtiːzɪən ˈwel] / US [ɑrˌtɪʒɪən ˈwel] noun [countable] Word forms artesian well : singular artesian well plural artesian wells a place where natural pressure under the ground forces water to the earth s surface …   English dictionary

  • artesian — (adj.) 1830, from Fr. puits artésien wells of Artois, French province where such wells were first bored 18c. by French engineer Bernard Forest de Bélidor (1698 1761). The place name is from O.Fr. Arteis, from Atrebates, a tribe that lived in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • artesian well — [är tē′zhən] n. [Fr artésien, lit., of ARTOIS (OFr Arteis), where such wells were bored] a well drilled deep enough to reach water that is draining down from higher surrounding ground above the well so that the pressure will force a flow of water …   English World dictionary

  • Artesian well — Well Well, n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring or fountain. ????. See {Well}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain. [1913 Webster] Begin, then,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • artesian — /ahr tee zheuhn/, adj. noting, pertaining to, or characteristic of an artesian well. [1820 30; < F artésien pertaining to ARTOIS (OF Arteis Artois + ien IAN), after the wells of this kind in the region] * * * …   Universalium

  • artesian bore — /aˌtiʒən ˈbɔ/ (say ah.teezhuhn baw) noun a bore whose shaft penetrates an aquifer and in which the water level rises above ground by hydrostatic pressure. Also, artesian well. {French artésien relating to Artois, former province of France where… …   Australian English dictionary

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