drinking fountain


: a fixture with nozzle that delivers a stream of water for drinking

Examples of drinking fountain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Related Articles The scale of the airport’s filter replacement needs is the result of Lester and his team replacing drinking fountains with more filling stations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and shifting consumer demands. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, 17 May 2024 Restroom facilities and drinking fountains are unavailable at this time. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 8 Mar. 2024 No one knows for certain when public facilities like bathrooms and drinking fountains were separated by race. Rodney Coates, The Conversation, 20 Feb. 2024 Some are even collapsible to save you space, and more airports have installed water bottle filling stations next to drinking fountains to make carrying your own that much more convenient. 20. Eric Rosen, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2024 Newsom said, before posing for photo ops where drinking fountains had been sealed for more than a year. Miriam Pawel, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 On June 9, 1964, for instance, Rev. T.Y. Rogers organized a march with the NAACP to protest segregated drinking fountains and restrooms in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Rodney Coates, The Conversation, 20 Feb. 2024 For months, the pain in her feet had prevented the elephant from walking down a small hill to a drinking fountain in her enclosure, forcing her handlers to give her water in buckets and by hose. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Authorities also encouraged visitors and residents to take advantage of the Italian capital’s distinctive public drinking fountains, hundreds of which are located in the city’s historic center alone. Colleen Barry and Jamey Keaten, Anchorage Daily News, 18 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drinking fountain was in 1859

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“Drinking fountain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drinking%20fountain. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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