down·​spout | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌspau̇t How to pronounce downspout (audio) \

Definition of downspout

: a vertical pipe used to drain rainwater from a roof

Examples of downspout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wafer cookies and licorice strings became downspouts. Annie Gentile,, "Imagination On Display At Annual “Gingerbread” House Decorating Event," 14 Nov. 2019 Among the damages, Collins removed the downspout from the house and broke the back door window. Catalina Righter,, "Sykesville man sentenced to jail time for first-degree burglary of neighbor," 20 Nov. 2019 If a section has sunk, see whether there is an obvious water source, such as a gutter downspout, aimed at the sidewalk. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "How to raise a sunken sidewalk block and restore a level walkway," 2 Sep. 2019 Prevent mosquitoes from breeding by removing stagnant water from areas such as flowerpots, plastic containers, gutters and downspouts, and changing water in birdbaths and pet dishes at least every three days. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus," 27 June 2019 Rain gutters and downspouts should also be cleared to prevent flooding and pressure on awnings. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Your questions about Hurricane Dorian, answered," 30 Aug. 2019 Rain gutters and downspouts should also be cleared to prevent flooding and pressure on awnings. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Hurricane Dorian storm tracker, plus your questions answered," 30 Aug. 2019 So Seaman and her husband hired a contractor to tear out the wood gutter on their 120-year-old Victorian house and replace it with a copper one, along with new downspouts. Sean P. Murphy,, "A gutter still gushes water after it was replaced," 17 June 2019 Clear gutters and make sure downspouts funnel water away from your house’s foundation. Washington Post, "Liz Weston: Is your wealth dripping away?," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of downspout

1850, in the meaning defined above

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15 Dec 2019

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“Downspout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of downspout

US : a pipe that carries rainwater from the roof of a building to the ground

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