cis·tern /ˈsɪstɝn/ 名詞
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.
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
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.