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Sump  n.  
(Metal.) A round pit of stone, lined with clay, for receiving the metal on its first fusion.
The cistern or reservoir made at the lowest point of a mine, from which is pumped the water which accumulates there.
A pond of water for salt works.
A puddle or dirty pool. (Prov. Eng.)
Sump fuse, a fuse used in blasting under water.
Sump men (Mining), the men who sink the sump in a mine.

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"Sump" Quotes from Famous Books

... had turned off into the air-way. He traced his foot-prints up through an entrance into the chambers and there they were again lost. But he passed on through the open places, calling as he went, and came finally to the sump near the foot of the slope. He held his lamp high and looked out over the black surface of the water. Not far away the roof came down to meet it. A dreadful apprehension entered the man's mind. Perhaps Ralph had wandered ...
— Burnham Breaker • Homer Greene

... leathers destroyed, so that it became necessary to devise a remedy; and with this object the engineman proceeded to adopt the following simple but original expedient. He had a wooden box or boot made, twelve feet high, which he placed in the sump or well, and into this he inserted the lower end of the pump. The result was, that the water flowed clear from the outer part of the well over into the boot, and being drawn up without any admixture of sand, the difficulty was thus ...
— Lives of the Engineers - The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson • Samuel Smiles

... SUB-SOIL DRAINS.—Sub-soil drains must be discharged into a sump or receiving tank, the contents of which must be lifted and discharged into the drainage system above the cellar floor by some approved method. Where directly sewer-connected, they must be cut off from the rest of the building and plumbing system by a brass flap valve on the ...
— Elements of Plumbing • Samuel Dibble

Words linked to "Sump" :   well, cistern, cesspit

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