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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cistern  \Cis"tern\,  n.  [OE.  cisterne,  OF  cisterne,  F.  cisterne, 
  fr  L.  cisterna,  fr  cista  box,  chest.  See  {Cist},  and  cf 
  {chest}.] 
  1.  An  artificial  reservoir  or  tank  for  holding  water,  beer, 
  or  other  liquids. 
 
  2.  A  natural  reservoir;  a  hollow  place  containing  water. 
  ``The  wide  cisterns  of  the  lakes.''  --Blackmore. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cistern 
  n  1:  a  sac  or  cavity  containing  fluid  especially  lymph  or 
  cerebrospinal  fluid  [syn:  {cisterna}] 
  2:  holds  the  water  used  to  flush  a  toilet  [syn:  {water  tank}] 
  3:  an  artificial  reservoir  for  storing  liquids;  especially  an 
  underground  tank  for  storing  rainwater 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Cistern 
  the  rendering  of  a  Hebrew  word  _bor_,  which  means  a  receptacle 
  for  water  conveyed  to  it  distinguished  from  _beer_,  which 
  denotes  a  place  where  water  rises  on  the  spot  (Jer.  2:13;  Prov. 
  5:15;  Isa.  36:16),  a  fountain.  Cisterns  are  frequently  mentioned 
  in  Scripture.  The  scarcity  of  springs  in  Palestine  made  it 
  necessary  to  collect  rain-water  in  reservoirs  and  cisterns  (Num. 
  21:22).  (See  {WELL}.) 
 
  Empty  cisterns  were  sometimes  used  as  prisons  (Jer.  38:6;  Lam. 
  3:53;  Ps  40:2;  69:15).  The  pit"  into  which  Joseph  was  cast 
  (Gen.  37:24)  was  a  _beer_  or  dry  well  There  are  numerous 
  remains  of  ancient  cisterns  in  all  parts  of  Palestine. 
 




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