catch basin

noun
1. : a cistern located at the point where a street gutter discharges into a sewer and designed to catch and retain matter that would not pass readily through the sewer
2. : a reservoir or well into which surface water may drain off

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a receptacle, located where a street gutter opens into a sewer, designed to retain matter that would not readily pass through the sewer.
[1870-75]

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catch basin,
1. a receptacle placed beneath the grating or other opening of a sewer to retain matter that might block up the sewer.
2. a reservoir for catching and retaining surface drainage over large areas: »

Chemical sprays…had to be used with restraint, because of the danger of contaminating the catch basins Bermuda relies on for its drinking water (New Yorker).


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Catch-basin — Catch ba sin, n. A cistern or vault at the point where a street gutter discharges into a sewer, to catch bulky matters which would not pass readily through the sewer. Knight. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catch-basin — catchˈ basin or catchˈ pit noun A trap for dirt in a drain • • • Main Entry: ↑catch …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch basin — n. a sievelike device at the entrance to a sewer to stop matter that could block up the sewer …   English World dictionary

  • catch basin —    1. A reservoir or basin into which surface water may drain.    2. A basin to collect and retain material from a street gutter that would not readily pass through a sewer system …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • catch basin — /ˈkætʃ beɪsən/ (say kach baysuhn) noun a receptacle at an opening into a sewer or stormwater system to retain matter that would not pass readily through the sewer. Also, catch pit …   Australian English dictionary

  • catch basin — a receptacle, located where a street gutter opens into a sewer, designed to retain matter that would not readily pass through the sewer. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • catch-pit — catchˈ basin or catchˈ pit noun A trap for dirt in a drain • • • Main Entry: ↑catch catch pit see ↑catch basin above. • • • Main Entry: ↑catch …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch pit — catch pit, 1. a pit to catch sediment in drainage water and the like. 2. = catch basin. (Cf. ↑catch basin) …   Useful english dictionary

  • basin — Synonyms and related words: alkali flat, alluvial plain, alveolation, alveolus, anchorage, anchorage ground, antrum, aquamanile, armpit, automatic dishwasher, bath, bathtub, bed, berth, bidet, bottom, bottomland, bowl, breakwater, bulkhead,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • catch pit — /ˈkætʃ pɪt/ (say kach pit) noun → catch basin …   Australian English dictionary

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