down·​spout | \ˈdau̇n-ˌspau̇t \

Definition of downspout 

: a vertical pipe used to drain rainwater from a roof

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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 Direct water away from your house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Move quickly against ‘silent destroyers’," 20 May 2018 The forum will explore what residents can do to help prevent polluted stormwater from running into local waterways, including the Charles River, such as by picking up dog waste and directing downspouts away from paved surfaces. Rachel Lebeaux,, "Learn more about stormwater runoff management," 16 May 2018 Someone stole copper downspout from a garage in the 1000 block of Monroe Street at 2:14 p.m. April 6. Pioneer Press,, "Two people steal cellphone from commuter aboard train in Oak Park, police say," 20 Apr. 2018 To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Oak Park who own and live in a single-family home with a yard and downspouts disconnected from the municipal sewer system. Steve Schering,, "Ready for the rain: Oak Park seeking residents interested in rainwater grants," 9 Mar. 2018

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circa 1896, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of downspout

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

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