Cis"tern (?), n. [OE. cisterne, OF. cisterne, F. cisterne, fr. L. cisterna, fr. cista box, chest. See Cist, and cf. chest.]


An artificial reservoir or tank for holding water, beer, or other liquids.


A natural reservoir; a hollow place containing water.

"The wide cisterns of the lakes." Blackmore.


© Webster 1913.

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