foun·​tain | \ ˈfau̇n-tᵊn How to pronounce fountain (audio) \

Definition of fountain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the source from which something proceeds or is supplied
2 : a spring of water issuing from the earth
3 : an artificially produced jet of water also : the structure from which it rises
4 : a reservoir containing a liquid that can be drawn off as needed


fountained; fountaining; fountains

Definition of fountain (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to flow or spout like a fountain

transitive verb

: to cause to flow like a fountain

Examples of fountain in a Sentence

Noun The crowd gathered around the fountain in the plaza. an endless fountain of inspiration
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The group meets at Oceanside Civic Center water fountain, at 330 N Coast Hwy. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 And that's how many people reviewed this cat water fountain on Amazon alone. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 8 Sep. 2022 Roseberry also noted that the resurfacing of the Orange High School tennis courts has been completed and that a new water fountain was added outside the courts. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 9 Aug. 2022 The disease is incredibly contagious and spreads via oral-oral and hand-fecal transmission: sharing a drinking glass, using the same water fountain, eating something prepared by a sick person. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Towards the end of the evening as the night began to wind down, Cardi also showed off some dessert options that were served for the occasion, including a giant chocolate fondue fountain. Nicholas Rice,, 11 July 2021 Options include a snow cone machine, chocolate fountain and meat grinder/sausage maker. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2021 The ruby chocolate fondue fountain was booked for the after-party. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2021 The club was closed; Trump was in the New York area; the FBI startled a crew fixing a large fountain, a maid who was dusting and a handful of Secret Service agents who guard the complex. Maggie Haberman,, 12 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Last year, a 6-year-old boy in Lake Jackson, Texas, died after contracting the brain-eating amoeba that was found in the water of splash fountain the boy had played in. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 Explore Echo Park Lake’s signature lotus beds and fountain on a swan pedal boat. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2020 Coke is also planning to halt retail-store sales of Hubert’s Lemonade, limiting the brand to fountain machines only, the spokeswoman said. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2020 Starting May 3, Kilauea has fountained lava and flung ash and rocks from its summit, destroying hundreds of homes, closing key highways, and prompting health warnings. Sophia Yan And Malcolm Ritter, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 June 2018 Geologists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say that lava is consistently fountaining from Fissure 8, reaching heights up to 180 feet, feeding the flow. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 6 June 2018 Scientists say the lava leaking from the Kilauea volcano is fountaining up to 250 feet in the air and flowing at much higher-than-normal temperatures. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 1 June 2018 Volcano scientists are also captivated, like much of the general public, by the sheer spectacle of the eruption: visions of red-hot lava fountaining out of cracks in the Earth and towering columns of ash shooting five miles into the sky. Author: Scott Wilson, Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2018 The lava from these fissures can sometimes fountain high into the air, driven by pressurized gases that also escape through the fissures, but there is no plume of ash. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 11 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of fountain


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1903, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fountain


Middle English, from Anglo-French funtaine, fontaine, from Late Latin fontana, from Latin, feminine of fontanus of a spring, from font-, fons

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foun·​tain | \ ˈfau̇n-tᵊn How to pronounce fountain (audio) \

Kids Definition of fountain

1 : an artificial stream or spray of water (as for drinking or ornament) or the device from which it comes
2 : source sense 1 He was a fountain of wisdom.
3 : a spring of water coming from the earth

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