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 Keep in Mind: The downspout can be tricky to install. Better Homes & Gardens, 8 June 2022 Designed to fit directly onto the downspout of your filter, these Massca guards are ideal for those who don’t want to hassle with complex installation of full-length guards. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 1 June 2022 These can also be placed in the bottom of the downspout to prevent rodents and other small animals from nesting. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 1 June 2022 This hole should sit under your home's downspout so the water runs right into the barrel. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Mar. 2022 At one end, a dramatic downspout funnels rainwater toward a circular pond embedded in the concrete patio, dropping from the roof at a 45-degree angle, a sculptural intervention in the building’s geometric order. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2021 The opening to a downspout hovers just above the ground. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Jan. 2022 Clear debris from gutters so water can exit each downspout. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 13 Aug. 2021 Clear debris from gutters so water can exit each downspout. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 13 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of downspout

1850, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jun 2022

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“Downspout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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