dry well

dry well
noun Date: circa 1942 a hole in the ground filled with gravel or rubble to receive drainage water and allow it to percolate away

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • dry well — 1. a drainage pit lined with loose stonework for the leaching of liquid wastes. 2. See absorbing well. [1760 70] * * * …   Universalium

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  • dry — [[t]draɪ[/t]] adj. dri•er, dri•est, 1) free from moisture or excess moisture; not moist; not wet 2) having or characterized by little or no rain: the dry season[/ex] 3) characterized by absence, deficiency, or failure of natural or ordinary… …   From formal English to slang

  • dry hole — noun 1. : a hole drilled (as through rock in a quarry) without using water 2. : a well that does not yield oil or gas in commercial quantities called also dry well, duster * * * any well drilled for oil or gas that does not yield enough to be… …   Useful english dictionary

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