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waterspout

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noun wa·ter·spout \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌspau̇t, ˈwä-\

Simple Definition of waterspout

  • : a pipe or tube for water to pass through

  • : an opening through which water flows

  • : an area of rapidly spinning wind in the shape of a funnel or tube that forms between a cloud and the surface of an ocean or lake

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of waterspout

  1. 1 :  a pipe, duct, or orifice from which water is spouted or through which it is carried

  2. 2 :  a funnel-shaped or tubular column of rotating cloud-filled wind usually extending from the underside of a cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud down to a cloud of spray torn up by the whirling winds from the surface of an ocean or lake

Examples of waterspout in a sentence

  1. <the waterspout became clogged, and then the roof leaked>



14th Century

First Known Use of waterspout

14th century


WATERSPOUT Defined for Kids

waterspout

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noun wa·ter·spout \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌspau̇t, ˈwä-\

Definition of waterspout for Students

  1. 1 :  a pipe for carrying off water from a roof

  2. 2 :  a slender cloud that is shaped like a funnel and extends down to a cloud of spray torn up from the surface of a body of water by a whirlwind





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