• SEGOVIA. The Aqueduct
    SEGOVIA. The Aqueduct
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aqueduct a conduit that resembles a bridge but carries water over a valley
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aqueduct (Anat) A canal or passage; as, the aqueduct of Sylvius, a channel connecting the third and fourth ventricles of the brain.
    • Aqueduct A conductor, conduit, or artificial channel for conveying water, especially one for supplying large cities with water.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aqueduct A conduit or channel for conducting water from one place to another. More particularly applied to structures of masonry and tunneling for the conducting of water from distant sources to large cities through tubular conduits. Aqueducts were extensively used in the Roman empire, and many of these ancient structures still remain. They were constructed of stone or wood, sometimes tunneled through hills and carried over valleys and rivers on arches, much of the labor upon them being uselessly expended, from a mistaken idea of the necessity of a perfectly level course. The aqueduct of Segovia, originally built by the Romans, has 159 arches, is in some parts built in two tiers 100 feet or more in height, and is an admirable monument of ancient engineering. One of the most remarkable aqueducts of modern times is that of Marseilles, to which city it conveys the waters of the river Durance from a distance of about 58 miles, of which 10 miles consists of tunnels, and a considerable portion is traversed by means of viaducts of great height and length. This aqueduct was built between 1839 and 1847, and supplies water in such abundance that the environs of Marseilles, formerly extremely arid, have become a garden from the plentiful irrigation which is now possible.
    • n aqueduct In anatomy, same as aquœductus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aqueduct ak′we-dukt an artificial channel for conveying water, most commonly understood to mean a bridge of stone, iron, or wood for conveying water across a valley: also a bridge carrying a canal for the purposes of navigation.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. aqueduc, OF. aqueduct,Cotgr.), fr. L. aquaeductus,; aquae, gen. of aqua, water + ductus, a leading, ducere, to lead. See Aqua Duke
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aqua, water—ducĕre, ductum, to lead.


In literature:

A lieutenant jumped the aqueduct.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
Remains of an aqueduct and other Roman buildings are preserved; the imperial family had a villa here.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
The town is supplied with water by means of an aqueduct of 20 arches.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
The long aqueduct was illuminated from top to bottom, as was also the cathedral tower, and every house in the city.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
Tunnels, aqueducts, or inverted siphons.
"The Vision of Elijah Berl" by Frank Lewis Nason
As soon as it was dark, guided by Fatima, they stole up to the brook where the aqueduct began, and soon discovered the entrance.
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
Work begun on the Croton aqueduct, to supply New York with water.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 4" by Various
The road runs parallel with the arches of the aqueduct, and terminates at the base of Chapultepec.
"Los Gringos" by H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
This great complex was apparently supplied with water from Hadrian's aqueduct from Lake Stymphalus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
Usually he will have to build his own railroad and his own aqueducts.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler

In poetry:

An image of an aqueduct
with a dead crow hanging from the first arch
a modern-style chair from the second
a fir-tree lodged in the third
and the whole scene sprinkled with snow
"The Very Image - To Rene Magritte" by David Gascoyne
An aqueduct across yon vale is laid,
Its channel thro' a ruin'd arch betray'd;
Whirl'd down a steep it flies with torrent-force,
Flashes, and roars, and plows a devious course.
"The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto IV" by Richard Savage
"Tarquin built in days of yore,
Subterranean passage here,
Lovers, aye, like me, before,
Trod this aqueduct so drear.
Love, I beg thee fly with me,
See, I give my life for thee."
"The Vestal Virgin" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Its brilliant self-assertions were condemned
To interest the forest and draw death
On aqueducts and learning; yet the world,
Through them, had witnessed, when predestined love
Fell like a daring meteor into time,
The condescension of eternal order.
"Kairos and Logos" by W H Auden

In news:

NEW YORK (AP) — Cinnamon Beach surged through an opening on the rail and pulled away for a 4 1/4-length victory over Washington's Rules on Friday in the $69,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.
(Editor's note: The following story was printed in the March 17 issue of Thoroughbred Times and originally included statistics showing 14 breakdowns at Aqueduct from January 1 through March 8 on the winterized inner dirt track.
To build three new pumps that divert water from the north end instead of the south end, it involves building a massive twin tunnel system under the delta south of Sacramento then hooking them up with existing aqueducts.
In response to recent equine deaths at Aqueduct Racetrack, regulators in New York are poised to adopt a rule voiding claiming race sales of horses that die during a claiming event or are euthanized on-track after a race.
Erin Enchanted excels in the Aqueduct feature, beating G.A.
Erin Enchanted excels in the Aqueduct feature, beating G.A.
The NYTB said Paterson should put the Aqueduct VLT project on a "war footing" that would allow for expedited review, decision, and execution of an agreement.
No more free lunch for Aqueduct reporters.
Smooth Bert and Kelli Got Frosty won $80,000 stakes races for New York bred 2-year-olds Sunday in the slop at Aqueduct.
NEW YORK (AP) — Called to Serve beat the heavy favorite, Willy Beamin, by 4¾ lengths to win the $150,000 Discovery Handicap for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on Saturday.
NEW YORK — Starformer and jockey Edgar Prado led every step of the 1½-mile Long Handicap Handicap on Saturday, the last major grass race of the year at Aqueduct.
Starformer and jockey Edgar Prado led every step of the 1 1/2-mile Long Handicap Handicap on Saturday, the last major grass race of the year at Aqueduct.
Boisterous repeats in the Red Smith at Aqueduct.
Last Wednesday morning in the Aqueduct jockeys ' room, Dominguez answered questions while running on a treadmill at top speed.
Kodiak Kowboy rallied in the stretch to win the Grade I, $300,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Race Track Saturday, the last Grade I race of the year in New York.