a water bearing geological formation. Springs and wells depend on aquifers for water. Described as artesian (confined) or water table (unconfined). May contain "cave" fishes

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • aquifer — n. 1. an underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc.; as, the Oglala aquifer. The water contained in an aquifer may be of great age, and in such cases is sometimes called {fossil water}. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aquifer —   [lateinisch, eigentlich »Wasserträger«] der, internationale Fachbezeichnung für einen Grundwasserleiter, d. h. eine Gesteinsschicht, die Grund oder Mineralwasser enthält und geeignet ist, es weiterzuleiten. * * * Aqui|fer, der; s, e [zu lat.… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • aquifer — (n.) 1897, coined from L. aqui , comb. form of aqua water (see AQUA (Cf. aqua )) + fer bearing, from ferre to bear (see INFER (Cf. infer)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • aquifer — ► NOUN ▪ a body of rock that holds water or through which water flows …   English terms dictionary

  • aquifer — ☆ aquifer [ak′wə fər, äk′wə fər ] n. [ModL: see AQUA & FER] an underground layer of porous rock, sand, etc. containing water, into which wells can be sunk aquiferous [ə kwif′ər əs] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Aquifer — Typical aquifer cross section An aquifer is a wet underground layer of water bearing permeable rock or unconsolidated materials (gravel, sand, or silt) from which groundwater can be usefully extracted using a water well. The study of water flow… …   Wikipedia

  • Aquifer — Ein Grundwasserleiter (auch Aquifer) ehemals auch als Grundwasserhorizont oder Grundwasserträger bezeichnet, ist ein Gesteinskörper mit Hohlräumen, der zur Leitung von Grundwasser geeignet ist. Eine weite Verbreitung hat inzwischen auch der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • aquifer — /ak weuh feuhr/, n. any geological formation containing or conducting ground water, esp. one that supplies the water for wells, springs, etc. [1900 05; prob. < F aquifère (adj.); see AQUI , FER] * * * In hydrology, a rock layer or sequence that… …   Universalium

  • aquifer — UK [ˈækwɪfə(r)] / US [ˈækwəfər] noun [countable] Word forms aquifer : singular aquifer plural aquifers science a layer of earth or rock that contains water or that water can pass through …   English dictionary

  • aquifer — noun An underground layer of water bearing porous stone, earth, or gravel The water from the well came from an aquifer …   Wiktionary

  • Aquifer — Aqui|fer der; s <aus lat. aquifer, eigtl. »Wasserträger«, zu aqua »Wasser« u. ferre »tragen«> Grund od. Mineralwasser enthaltende Erdschicht (Geol.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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