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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cis·tern /ˈsɪstɚ/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 cis·tern /ˈsɪstɝn/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cis·tern n.
 1. An artificial reservoir or tank for holding water, beer, or other liquids.
 2. A natural reservoir; a hollow place containing water. “The wide cisterns of the lakes.” --Blackmore.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a sac or cavity containing fluid especially lymph or
           cerebrospinal fluid [syn: cisterna]
      2: a tank that holds the water used to flush a toilet [syn: water
      3: an artificial reservoir for storing liquids; especially an
         underground tank for storing rainwater

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    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.