'Reservoir' definitions:

Definition of 'reservoir'

(from WordNet)
A large or extra supply of something; "a reservoir of talent"
Lake used to store water for community use [syn: reservoir, artificial lake, man-made lake]
Tank used for collecting and storing a liquid (as water or oil)
Anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies; "an infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival" [syn: reservoir, source]

Definition of 'Reservoir'

  • Reservoir \Res"er*voir`\ (r[e^]z"[~e]r*vw[^o]r`; 277), n. [F. r['e]servoir, fr. LL. reservatorium. See Reservatory.]
  • 1. A place where anything is kept in store; especially, a place where water is collected and kept for use when wanted, as to supply a fountain, a canal, or a city by means of aqueducts, or to drive a mill wheel, or the like. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. (Bot.) A small intercellular space, often containing resin, essential oil, or some other secreted matter. [1913 Webster]
  • 3. (Med.) a large quantity of infectious microorganisms resident in animals other than man, potentially capable of being transmitted to humans. [PJC]
  • 3. (Med.) a large quantity of infectious microorganisms or parasites resident in animals other than man, potentially capable of being transmitted to humans; especially, such organisms in animals where they do little or no harm to the host. [PJC]
  • 4. a large supply or stock of anything which may be rapidly put to use; a reserve. [PJC]
  • Receiving reservoir (Water Works), a principal reservoir into which an aqueduct or rising main delivers water, and from which a distributing reservoir draws its supply. [1913 Webster]

Definition of 'reservoir'

  • Receptacle \Re*cep"ta*cle\ (r[-e]*s[e^]p"t[.a]*k'l), n. [F. r['e]ceptacle, L. receptaculum, fr. receptare, v. intens. fr. recipere to receive. See Receive.]
  • 1. That which serves, or is used, for receiving and containing something, as for examople, a basket, a vase, a bag, a reservoir; a repository. [1913 Webster]
  • O sacred receptacle of my joys! --Shak. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. (Bot.) (a) The apex of the flower stalk, from which the organs of the flower grow, or into which they are inserted. See Illust. of Flower, and Ovary. (b) The dilated apex of a pedicel which serves as a common support to a head of flowers. (c) An intercellular cavity containing oil or resin or other matters. (d) A special branch which bears the fructification in many cryptogamous plants. [1913 Webster]

Synonyms of 'reservoir'

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