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

Between 1993 and 2013, the average bagel got 100% bigger; burgers got 78% bigger; cinema popcorn bags 120% bigger; and fountain sodas 207% bigger, according to the CDC. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "A new nutrition group aims to erase the link between value and massive portions," 25 Aug. 2019 Mayor Sadiq Khan announced plans to build 100 new fountains for refillable bottles. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage," 23 Aug. 2019 Homeowners and business owners are encouraged to remove any standing water in buckets, tires, planters, birdbaths and fountains to help reduce the likelihood of mosquito breeding. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Mosquito spraying coming soon to 6 cities," 22 Aug. 2019 Around the same time the city began renovating a famous fountain protesters had planned to gather around. The Economist, "Why Macau is impervious to the turmoil in Hong Kong," 22 Aug. 2019 Bring your own bottles and fill them up at the dozens of drinking fountains on the grounds. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Insider's Guide to Attending the 2019 U.S. Open," 21 Aug. 2019 The rule serves as an attempt to curb unwanted tourist behavior, from jumping into fountains to walking around Rome shirtless. Natalie B. Compton, chicagotribune.com, "Sitting on Rome’s famous Spanish Steps can now cost you a serious fine," 20 Aug. 2019 The water feature has three waterfalls, 37 gold statues and 67 individual fountains. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "From Nazi Prisons to Cat Sanctuaries, Explore the Many Lives of These Russian Palaces," 19 Aug. 2019 In a statement, the agency said remediation to the entire hotel water distribution system, including the cooling tower and decorative fountain has been made and sampling and testing will continue at the hotel. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Sheraton Atlanta hotel cleared to reopen after outbreak of Legionnaires' disease," 16 Aug. 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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