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 Seen from its suburban street in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco State in western central Mexico, Casa Padilla looks less like a house than like a monastery: a blank white wall marked with a broad crescent downspout and a plain cedar door. New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 18 Feb. 2021 Short, missing, or disconnected downspout extensions. Reuben Saltzman, Star Tribune, "Inspecting Permanent Wood Foundations," 1 Oct. 2020 Rain barrels are $60, including a downspout diverter. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Welcome to Parma mural may be coming to a main corridor in the city: Sun Postings," 11 Aug. 2020 The roof is slate; gutters and downspouts are copper. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "This might be the grandest mansion ever built at Windmill Pointe," 16 May 2020 Twelve screens and two gutter downspouts were reported stolen June 15 from a home on the 2400 block of George Street. Deborah Kadin,, "Franklin Park police blotter: Chicago woman charged with leaving accident scene," 19 June 2019 Three functional swales and downspouts manage rainwater and ground water runoff. oregonlive, "Restored Scandinavian midcentury modern in Southwest Portland showcases soothing spaces," 22 Mar. 2020 Make sure those gutters on the house are clear so the rain is actually running through the downspouts rather than overflowing and beating your plants to death. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "It's that dreary. Louisville has seen 30+ inches of rain so far this year," 21 June 2019 The city prohibits water from a property owner's downspout from flooding a neighbor's yard or causing ice to form on a sidewalk, street or alley. 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

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First Known Use of downspout

1850, in the meaning defined above

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28 Feb 2021

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“Downspout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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