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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Waterwork \Wa"ter*work`\, n. 1. (Paint.) Painting executed in size or distemper, on canvas or walls, -- formerly, frequently taking the place of tapestry. --Shak. Fairholt. [1913 Webster] 2. An hydraulic apparatus, or a system of works or fixtures, by which a supply of water is furnished for useful or ornamental purposes, including dams, sluices, pumps, aqueducts, distributing pipes, fountains, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]