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SEWER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sewer mean? 

SEWER (noun)
  The noun SEWER has 3 senses:

1. a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water
2. someone who sews
3. misfortune resulting in lost effort or money

  Familiarity information: SEWER used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SEWER (noun)


Sense 1sewer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

cloaca; sewer; sewerage

Hypernyms ("sewer" is a kind of...):

drain; drainpipe; waste pipe (a pipe through which liquid is carried away)

Holonyms ("sewer" is a part of...):

sewage system; sewage works; sewer system (facility consisting of a system of sewers for carrying off liquid and solid sewage)


Sense 2sewer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who sews

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

a sewer of fine gowns

Hypernyms ("sewer" is a kind of...):

needleworker (someone who does work (as sewing or embroidery) with a needle)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sewer"):

baster; tacker (a sewer who fastens a garment with long loose stitches)

sewing-machine operator (someone who sews by operating a sewing machine)

tucker (a sewer who tucks)


Sense 3sewer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Misfortune resulting in lost effort or money

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

gutter; sewer; toilet

Context examples:

his career was in the gutter / all that work went down the sewer / pensions are in the toilet

Hypernyms ("sewer" is a kind of...):

bad luck; ill luck; misfortune; tough luck (an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes)


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