Wa"ter*work` (?), n.
Painting executed in size or distemper, on canvas or walls, -- formerly, frequently taking the place of tapestry.
An hydraulic apparatus, or a system of works or fixtures, by which a supply of water is furnished for useful or ornamental purposes, including dams, sluices, pumps, aqueducts, distributing pipes, fountains, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural.
<-- Water works. The plant and equipment used to purify water for drinking and other purposes, and to supply it to the mains of a town. -->
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