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

Definition of downspout

: a vertical pipe used to drain rainwater from a roof

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The downspouts can also get clogged, so the best way to clean them is by using a gutter brush attached to a pole. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Your Gutters and Save Your Home," 16 Jan. 2019 Check the Downspouts The gutters guide the water to the downspouts that direct the water away from your home. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Your Gutters and Save Your Home," 16 Jan. 2019 Make sure the downspouts release the water on a slope that is angled away from your home. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Your Gutters and Save Your Home," 16 Jan. 2019 Someone stole 6 feet of copper downspout valued at $300 from a home in the 700 block of North Oak Park Avenue between noon April 21 and 8 a.m. April 23. Pioneer Press,, "Police: Dispute leads man to throw store shelves at Oak Park gas station," 4 May 2018 Outdoors, each rain gutter downspout is connected to one or more 55-gallon rain barrels with covers that also prevents mosquito breeding. Dawn Standke,, "Tally up your garden’s earth friendliness," 12 July 2018 Limit their breeding Remove stagnant water from areas such as flowerpots, plastic containers, gutters, and downspouts. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Milwaukee County: Here's how to protect yourself," 29 June 2018 Pierce took the step of disconnecting the roof downspout on his N. Pierce St. home from a pipe draining to the combined sewer in the street and preventing hundreds of gallons of clear water from entering the sewer during a storm. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some Milwaukee residents to get free state-of-the-art garden boxes to help prevent combined sewer overflows," 12 June 2018 The bullet penetrated the front door, glass storm door, and a downspout gutter that Sgt. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Clermont police sergeant who missed bullet 'by inches' honored for valor, heroism," 7 June 2018

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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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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