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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Snacks included donuts—and even a CBD chocolate fountain! Christian Allaire, Vogue, "All the Details From Kim Kardashian West’s CBD-Themed Baby Shower," 28 Apr. 2019 Especially jaw-dropping is the daily fountain performance: More than 1,500 jets soar as high as 175 feet, all to music. Juliet Izon, Good Housekeeping, "5 Cheap Road Trips to Take When You Really Need to Get Out of Town," 25 July 2018 Assuming Dirk Nowitzki doesn't find the fountain of youth and Dwight Powell doesn't become a double-double machine overnight, Bagley becomes this team's best low-post scorer right away. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Mavs take Duke star with No. 5 pick | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 May 2018 In a separate Sacramento State incident, Shepler said high lead levels found in campus drinking fountains and sinks during a student research project spurred debate at multiple campuses. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "Sacramento State had lead and chemical safety problems. Does CSU have systemwide issues? | The Sacramento Bee," 22 Apr. 2018 The Mediterranean-style house has an extra long winding driveway for privacy leading up to a huge motor-court that can hold up to 30 cars—and even has a palatial fountain streaming outside. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "John Stamos’s Former Calabasas Mansion is Now On The Market For $4.1 Million," 9 Apr. 2019 The historic South Carolina church where nine African-American worshippers were slain has released plans for a memorial centered around a marble fountain flanked by massive stone benches that evoke angel wings. Fox News, "The Latest: Fountain, wing-like benches anchor memorial," 15 July 2018 Marta Camacho, a 70-year-old retired primary school teacher, stood on a fountain to get a glimpse of Lopez Obrador, 64, driving through the streets after the electoral institute declared his victory. Time, "'I Am Here to Salute My President': Mexicans Celebrate Lopez Obrador's Left-Wing Landslide," 2 July 2018 Authorities said the initial investigation based on calls to dispatchers has found that two children were touching a rail that was energized with lights and sits near a fountain at the resort, according to Doubleday. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "6-year-old girl critically injured, man hurt by electric shock at MGM National Harbor," 27 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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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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