Res"er*voir`(rz"r*vwr`; 277), n. [F. rservoir, 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.
(Bot.) A small intercellular space, often containing resin, essential oil, or some other secreted matter.
(Med.) a large quantity of infectious microorganisms resident in animals other than man, potentially capable of being transmitted to humans.
(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.
4. a large supply or stock of anything which may be rapidly put to use; a reserve.
(Water Works), a principal reservoir into which an aqueduct or rising main delivers water, and from which a distributing reservoir draws its supply.
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