• (British) IPA: /ˈsɪs.tən/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈsɪs.tɚn/

cistern (plural cisterns)

  1. A reservoir or tank for holding water, especially for catching and holding rainwater for later use.
    • 1913, A.C. Cotter, Catholic Encyclopedia, "Wells in Scripture",
      Their extreme necessity is attested by the countless number of old, unused cisterns with which the Holy Land is literally honeycombed.
  2. In a flush toilet, the container in which the water used for flushing is held; a toilet tank.
  3. A cisterna.
  4. The vessel surrounding the condenser in a steam engine.
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