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

The Proud Boys plan to assemble by the fountain at Tom McCall Waterfront Park and also march in the city, Tarrio said in an interview. oregonlive.com, "Mixed messages, mounting tensions as Proud Boys and antifa prepare to face off in Portland," 8 Aug. 2019 At the height of a heat wave in Europe last summer, two people skinny-dipped in the fountain at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, prompting a police hunt for the culprits. Palko Karasz, BostonGlobe.com, "Morning coffee results in a $1,000 fine and expulsion from Venice," 20 July 2019 Both look out onto the fountains and flowers at Carmel City Center. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Cake Bake Shop is finally open in Carmel, and it fulfills every sweet dream," 1 July 2019 Photo: Randy Schmidt Turtles have long paddled around the courtyard fountain at Brennan’s in New Orleans. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Fancy Restaurants Offer Fancy Baby Sitting to Attract Fancy Families," 26 June 2019 Based on a traditional Islamic paradise garden, the park’s first section centers on a burbling fountain. Jennifer Barger, Washington Post, "In Marrakesh, a secret garden to rival St. Laurent’s famed Jardin Majorelle," 1 Aug. 2019 Critics pointed out that stopping drivers who aren’t breaking any laws is typically unconstitutional, and that being pulled over is extremely stressful or, at the very least, annoying and not worth the dollar or two saved on a fountain soda. Antonia Noori Farzan, BostonGlobe.com, "Arizona police department faces backlash over plan to hand out coupons," 30 July 2019 Ultimately, the city closed the pools, converted the buildings to meeting places and opened public fountains for locals who needed to cool off. oregonlive.com, "Surprise pick as Interim leader helps 'healing’ at Portland State," 28 July 2019 There was a little fountain with a lion-head spout on one wall, and in one corner, crucially, an air conditioner peeked into frame. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "My Favorite Airbnb in Italy: A Palazzo Apartment in Palermo," 26 July 2019

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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