Lake and Reservoir

Lake

A lake is a body of relatively still water of considerable size, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land apart from a river, stream, or other form of moving water that serves to feed or drain the lake.

lake n 1: a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land 2: a purplish red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal 3: any of numerous bright translucent organic pigments

Lake \Lake\, n. [Cf. G. laken.] A kind of fine white linen, formerly in use. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Lake \Lake\ (l[=a]k), n. [F. laque, fr. Per. See {Lac}.] A pigment formed by combining some coloring matter, usually by precipitation, with a metallic oxide or earth, esp. with aluminium hydrate; as, madder lake; Florentine lake; yellow lake, etc. [1913 Webster]

Lake \Lake\, n. [AS. lac, L. lacus; akin to AS. lagu lake, sea, Icel. l["o]gr; OIr. loch; cf. Gr. la`kkos pond, tank. Cf. {Loch}, {Lough}.] A large body of water contained in a depression of the earth's surface, and supplied from the drainage of a more or less extended area. [1913 Webster] Note: Lakes are for the most part of fresh water; the salt lakes, like the Great Salt Lake of Utah, have usually no outlet to the ocean. [1913 Webster] {Lake dwellers} (Ethnol.), people of a prehistoric race, or races, which inhabited different parts of Europe. Their dwellings were built on piles in lakes, a short distance from the shore. Their relics are common in the lakes of Switzerland. {Lake dwellings} (Arch[ae]ol.), dwellings built over a lake, sometimes on piles, and sometimes on rude foundations kept in place by piles; specifically, such dwellings of prehistoric times. Lake dwellings are still used by many savage tribes. Called also {lacustrine dwellings}. See {Crannog}. {Lake fly} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of dipterous flies of the genus {Chironomus}. In form they resemble mosquitoes, but they do not bite. The larv[ae] live in lakes. {Lake herring} (Zo["o]l.), the cisco ({Coregonus Artedii}). {Lake poets}, {Lake school}, a collective name originally applied in contempt, but now in honor, to Southey, Coleridge, and Wordsworth, who lived in the lake country of Cumberland, England, Lamb and a few others were classed with these by hostile critics. Called also {lakers} and {lakists}. {Lake sturgeon} (Zo["o]l.), a sturgeon ({Acipenser rubicundus}), of moderate size, found in the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. It is used as food. {Lake trout} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of trout and salmon; in Europe, esp. {Salmo fario}; in the United States, esp. {Salvelinus namaycush} of the Great Lakes, and of various lakes in New York, Eastern Maine, and Canada. A large variety of brook trout ({Salvelinus fontinalis}), inhabiting many lakes in New England, is also called lake trout. See {Namaycush}. {Lake whitefish}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Whitefish}. {Lake whiting} (Zo["o]l.), an American whitefish ({Coregonus Labradoricus}), found in many lakes in the Northern United States and Canada. It is more slender than the common whitefish. [1913 Webster]

Lake \Lake\ (l[=a]k), v. i. [AS. l[=a]can, l[ae]can, to spring, jump, l[=a]c play, sport, or fr. Icel. leika to play, sport; both akin to Goth. laikan to dance. [root]120. Cf. {Knowledge}.] To play; to sport. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

Lake, MI Zip code(s): 48632 Lake, MS (town, FIPS 38600) Location: 32.34309 N, 89.32745 W Population (1990): 369 (152 housing units) Area: 2.4 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 39092 Lake, WV Zip code(s): 25121

Reservoir

A reservoir (etymology: from French réservoir a "storehouse" ), artificial lake, storage pond or impoundment from a dam is used to store water.

reservoir n 1: a large or extra supply of something; "a reservoir of talent" 2: lake used to store water for community use [syn: {artificial lake}] 3: tank used for collecting and storing a liquid (as water or oil) 4: 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: {source}]

117 Moby Thesaurus words for "reservoir": archives, armory, arsenal, artificial lake, attic, backlog, bank, basement, bay, bayou lake, bin, bonded warehouse, bookcase, box, bunker, buttery, cache, cargo dock, cellar, chest, cistern, closet, conservatory, crate, crib, cupboard, dam, dead water, depository, depot, dike, dock, drawer, dump, etang, exchequer, farm pond, fishpond, freshwater lake, glacial lake, glory hole, godown, hoard, hold, hutch, inland sea, inventory, lagoon, laguna, lake, lakelet, landlocked water, library, linn, loch, locker, lough, lumber room, lumberyard, magasin, magazine, mere, millpond, millpool, nest egg, nyanza, oxbow lake, plash, pond, pondlet, pool, puddle, rack, repertory, repository, reserve, reserve fund, reserve supply, reserves, resource, rick, salina, salt pond, savings, shelf, sinking fund, something in reserve, stack, stack room, stagnant water, standing water, still water, stock, stock room, stockpile, storage, store, storehouse, storeroom, sump, supply base, supply depot, tank, tarn, tidal pond, treasure house, treasure room, treasury, unexpended balance, vat, vault, volcanic lake, warehouse, water hole, water pocket, well, wine cellar

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]

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]

Data Sources:

  • lake: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • lake: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lake: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lake: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lake: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lake: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • reservoir: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • reservoir: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • reservoir: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • reservoir: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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