Meaning of waterworks

wa•ter•works

Pronunciation: (wô'tur-wûrks", wot'ur-), [key]
— pl. -works.
  1. a complete system of reservoirs, pipelines, conduits, etc., by which water is collected, purified, stored, and pumped to urban users.
  2. a pumping station or a purifying station of such a system.
  3. Sometimes,a spectacular display of water, mechanically produced, as for a pageant.
  4. tears, or the source of tears: to turn on the waterworks.
  5. the kidneys.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also: