cess|pool

cess|pool «SEHS POOL», noun.
1. a pool or pit for house drains to empty into. Cesspools usually retain solid matter and allow the liquid to escape into the surrounding soil or a drain. »

In rural districts or in very small towns the common outdoor toilet or cesspool may be a very dangerous source of pollution of well water (Beauchamp, Mayfield, and West).

2. Figurative. any filthy place or condition: »

a cesspool of corruption. The magnitude of the [indictments] suggests a moral cesspool (Harper's).

[perhaps < Italian cesso a privy (< Latin secessus place of retirement; drain) + English pool]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • cess — cess·pit; cess·pool; pre·cess; prin·cess·ly; re·cess·er; suc·cess; suc·cess·ful; suc·cess·less; pro·cess·ible; ac·cess; cess; ex·cess; prin·cess; pro·cess; re·cess; de ac·cess; pro·cess·abil·i·ty; pro·cess·able; pro·cess·ibil·i·ty;… …   English syllables

  • cess|pipe — «SEHS PYP», noun. a pipe for carrying off drainage from a cesspool, sink, or the like. ╂[< cess (pool) + pipe] …   Useful english dictionary

  • cess|pit — «SEHS PIHT», noun. a pit for refuse: »The drainpipes were sloping inland toward cesspits (Manchester Guardian). ╂[< cess (pool) + pit] …   Useful english dictionary

  • pool — black·pool; cess·pool; liv·er·pool; liver·pool; pon·ty·pool; pool; van·pool·ing; …   English syllables

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  • Cess — Cess, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cessed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cessing}.] To rate; to tax; to assess. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cess — Cess, v. i. [F. cesser. See {Cease}.] To cease; to neglect. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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