• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Catch-basin A cistern or vault at the point where a street gutter discharges into a sewer, to catch bulky matters which would not pass readily through the sewer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n catch-basin A reservoir placed at the point of discharge of a pipe into a sewer, to retain matter which would not pass readily through the sewer. Such basins are arranged so that they can be emptied as often as is necessary.
    • n catch-basin A reservoir, especially for catching and retaining surface-drainage over large areas.
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In literature:

The big tin basin was set beneath to catch the gravy.
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
Pieper of Berlin suggests a device for a catch basin, which appears to meet the requirements.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 455, September 20, 1884" by Various
The basin set below the tap, in order to catch the drip, was nearly full.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
The sewer ended in the stable yard back of the horse barn, in a ten-foot catch-basin near the manure pit.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
It was about this time, too, that I paid a man four dollars to clean out the catch basin in the rear of our premises.
"The House" by Eugene Field
He was usually silent watching them empty their nets on the shore and remove the catch into basins and pails.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
There should be no overhanging ledge to catch the shampooer's hand-basin; for this reason I have shown, at Fig.
"The Turkish Bath" by Robert Owen Allsop
The pool was actually a catch basin in the rock.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Hence it was that the catch-basin in which the body had been hidden was missed.
"The Crime of the Century" by Henry M. Hunt
I'll catch some more of you chaps for takin' a dip in the basin the first chance I get, too!
"The Newsboy Partners" by Frank V. Webster

In news:

Twenty catch basin grates like the one shown have been stolen since September from alleys.
Emergency crews spent more than three hours Friday night rescuing a 27-year-old man who got stuck in a 12-inch-wide storm drain pipe after entering a catch basin on a Pinole hillside in attempt to get warm.
The Scranton Sewer Authority released a statement regarding a young child who fell into a catch basin in Dunmore on Saturday, expressing concern for the boy and his family.
Aside from removing the gravel so rain water doesnot collect in the street, they need to remove it from the catch basin.
BOWLING GREEN — Catch-basin replacement will close a Bowling Green street for eight hours daily, today through Wednesday, city officials announced.
The drainage problem might be solved by something fairly simple, such as a French drain (basically a gravel-filled trench), or something more involved, like buried catch basins and drain pipes.
Citizens are asked to not rake or blow leaves out into the streets because during heavy rain leafs get clogged in catch basins and can cause localized flooding.
The West Main Street, Hyannis company was fined $1,150 after an employee dumped two gallons of sodium hypochlorite, a common laundry bleaching agent, into a catch basin on the morning of May 11, 2008.
Potholes and catch basins on track in latest city report card, police miss goals.
Capture precious runoff in catch basins, barrels, and cisterns.
A rain chain channels water off the roof, into a catch basin hidden beneath river rocks.