fountain

noun
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

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

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Outside, the $500 million property also features seven pools (including one that is 75 feet long), a pool house, tennis court, 40-vehicle car gallery, a 12,000-bottle wine cellar, and sprawling gardens with fountains. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "The Real Beverly Hillbillies Mansion for Sale in Bel-Air Just Got a $50 Million Price Chop," 25 June 2019 For water, some fire hydrants are fitted with fountains that inhabitants line up to use. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "As homeless are suffering, risk of hepatitis, typhus and other diseases is growing," 18 June 2019 Each Magda Butrym design is created in an old Warsaw home with a fountain out front, where Butrym and her brother have carved out their family business in the old Polish style. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Magda Butrym Is Nostalgic for an ’80s Moment Warsaw Never Knew," 17 Apr. 2019 It's set on a sloping hill looking out on a formal French garden, complete with fountains and statues. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Here's Why You Need A Belvedere In Your House," 19 Nov. 2018 And the grounds were lovely, with fountains and a little waterfall over the pool for background noise against the morning birdsongs. Marjorie Miller, chicagotribune.com, "Picking the right home rental for a Mexico beach vacation," 15 Feb. 2018 While an earlier proposal for a tax of one cent per ounce on sugary beverages has been discarded, a new 1 percent tax would be charged on all prepared foods, including soda dispensed from a fountain at a fast food restaurant. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Senate approves two-year, $43 billion state budget; Gov. Lamont expected to sign," 5 June 2019 There will be a 60-foot statue by Jean-Michel Othoniel—the man who created the new fountains at Versailles—at the front door, which will be a wonder of the world. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Architect Peter Marino Believes in Retail But Not in Bad Design," 14 Nov. 2018 Authorities said that two children were touching a rail that was outfitted with lights near a fountain at an outdoor part of the resort. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Girl, 6, in critical condition after suffering electrical shock near MGM hotel water fountain," 28 June 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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The first known use of fountain was in the 14th century

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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 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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