down·​spout ˈdau̇n-ˌspau̇t How to pronounce downspout (audio)
: a vertical pipe used to drain rainwater from a roof

Examples of downspout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some maintenance includes smoke testing and dye testing of sanitary sewers, plus dye testing of properties -- including downspouts and drains -- that will be happening from November through July 2024. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2023 Make sure your drains, gutters and downspouts are clean. Leslie Shapiro, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2023 Sponsored by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, Faith Lutheran installed a rain garden placed near the church building, with two downspouts directing water into it and full of native plantings. Melissa Whatley, Baltimore Sun, 11 Aug. 2023 Gutter and downspout repairs are also in order to reroute water, Shirley said. Al Gaspeny, Arkansas Online, 28 July 2023 The Devitt's said that the piece of equipment hit part of the house, damaging the roof, downspout and a window screen. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 18 July 2023 That way the downspouts can also be checked, cleaned, and (often) reattached, and the splash guards put back in place to pull water away from the house. Mark Philben,, 5 July 2023 Sophie suggests directing downspouts from your gutters directly into your rain garden, best in locations where there are no foundational issues. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 20 Apr. 2023 Typically, this involves making sure guttering is attached to downspouts on our homes, and directing rainwater to barrels or tanks. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 22 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of downspout was in 1850

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“Downspout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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