Meaning of RESERVOIR in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈre-zə-ˌvwär, -zər-, -ˌvwȯr also ]

-ˌvȯi noun

Etymology: French réservoir, from Middle French, from reserver

Date: 1690

1. : a place where something is kept in store: as

a. : an artificial lake where water is collected and kept in quantity for use

b. : a part of an apparatus in which a liquid is held

c. : supply , store

a large reservoir of educated people

2. : an extra supply : reserve

3. : an organism in which a parasite that is pathogenic for some other species lives and multiplies usually without damaging its host

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.