fountain

noun
foun·​tain | \ ˈfau̇n-tᵊn \

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

fountain

verb
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

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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 34-year-old Pastrana celebrated by taking one final jump ─ without his motorcycle ─ into the fountain. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Travis Pastrana successfully recreates three of Evel Knievel's famous jumps," 10 July 2018 Returning are many of the crowd favorites, including fishing in the fountain, face painting, hair spraying, and moon bouncing. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Kidding Around The Center Set For July 17," 10 July 2018 Suddenly, everyone pulled oversize prescription pill bottles labeled as OxyContin, MS Contin and Valium from their bags and threw them across the floor, down the stairs, and into the fountain — the sound of their falling like rain on a roof. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 The Chargers in fact selected two quarterbacks in the 11 drafts since Rivers made his first start in 2006 — but those were penny tosses into a fountain. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Philip Rivers, once again, could yield Draft Night dividend for Chargers," 24 Apr. 2018 Only one, for example, is the type to jump into a fountain amid a crowd of delirious fans to celebrate an improbable victory. Andrew Caffrey, BostonGlobe.com, "A high-stakes European soccer match, made in Boston," 23 Apr. 2018 In seasons past, that meant a deep dive into the ball gown silhouette evocative of today's royal wedding mania; or a jaunt into the fountain of youth. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Vera Wang Talks Bridal Risk-Taking, Bold Color and Her New Spring 2019 Collection," 13 Apr. 2018 In Dawn of the Dead, zombies wander through a giant freestanding mall, tripping and falling into the fountain, or rotating haplessly on the escalators as a carousel-esque soundtrack plays. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Why zombies are so hilarious," 5 Dec. 2018 The city police will be especially focused on snacking around public fountains, like those in Piazza di Spagna (home of the Spanish Steps) and Piazza Barberini. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rome Cracking Down on Street Drinking, Bad Tourist Behavior With New Laws," 28 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "Hawaii volcano spews out lava ... and information for scientists," 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, "Photo Updates From Kilauea: Dozens More Homes Destroyed," 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, "New evacuations ordered on Hawaii's Big Island as lava flows from volcano threaten roads, destroy homes," 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, "As Kilauea erupts, volcanologists swarm: ‘I expect great science from this event’," 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, "Here’s what’s going on with Hawaii’s erupting volcano," 11 May 2018 Lava fountains 300 ft high during May 5 fissure eruption in Leilani Estates. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Rivers of lava in Hawaii produce amazing photos — and a warning: Please don't die | The Sacramento Bee," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of fountain

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1903, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fountain

Noun

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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fountain

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fountain

: a device or structure that sends a stream of water into the air in a garden, park, etc.; also : the water that rises from a fountain

: something that rises into the air like a fountain of water

: the source of something

fountain

noun
foun·​tain | \ ˈfau̇n-tᵊn \

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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