The rendering of a Hebrew word bor, which means a receptacle for water conveyed to it; distinguished from beer, which denotes a place where water rises on the spot (Jer. 2:13; Prov. 5:15; Isa. 36:16), a fountain. Cisterns are frequently mentioned in Scripture. The scarcity of springs in Palestine made it necessary to collect rain-water in reservoirs and cisterns (Num. 21:22). (See Well.)
   Empty cisterns were sometimes used as prisons (Jer. 38:6; Lam. 3:53; Ps. 40:2; 69:15). The "pit" into which Joseph was cast (Gen. 37:24) was a beer or dry well. There are numerous remains of ancient cisterns in all parts of Palestine.

Easton's Bible Dictionary. . 1897.


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  • CISTERN — (Heb. בּוֹר, bor), a subterranean artificially hewn reservoir for storing rainwater. Common in the highland regions of Palestine, diversion channels brought surface run off rainwater during the short rainy season to the mouth of the cistern.… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Cistern — Cis tern, n. [OE. cisterne, OF. cisterne, F. cisterne, fr. L. cisterna, fr. cista box, chest. See {Cist}, and cf. {chest}.] 1. An artificial reservoir or tank for holding water, beer, or other liquids. [1913 Webster] 2. A natural reservoir; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cistern — • cistern, reservoar, bassäng …   Svensk synonymlexikon

  • cistern — mid 13c., from O.Fr. cisterne (12c., Mod.Fr. citerne), from L. cisterna underground reservoir for water, from cista chest, from Gk. kiste box, chest (see CHEST (Cf. chest)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cistern — ► NOUN 1) a water storage tank, especially as part of a flushing toilet. 2) an underground reservoir for rainwater. ORIGIN Latin cisterna, from cista box …   English terms dictionary

  • cistern — [sis′tərn] n. [ME cisterne > OFr < L cisterna, reservoir for water < cista,CHEST] 1. a large receptacle for storing water; esp., a tank, usually underground, in which rain water is collected for use 2. Anat. a sac or cavity containing a… …   English World dictionary

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  • cistern — UK [ˈsɪstə(r)n] / US [ˈsɪstərn] noun [countable] Word forms cistern : singular cistern plural cisterns a) a container for holding water b) a container for holding the water that is used for flushing a toilet (= making water go through it) …   English dictionary

  • cistern — /sis teuhrn/, n. 1. a reservoir, tank, or container for storing or holding water or other liquid. 2. Anat. a reservoir or receptacle of some natural fluid of the body. [1250 1300; ME cistern(e) < L cisterna, equiv. to cist(a) (see CIST1) + erna n …   Universalium

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