wa·​ter·​spout | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌspau̇t How to pronounce waterspout (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of waterspout

1 : a pipe, duct, or orifice from which water is spouted or through which it is carried
2 : a funnel-shaped or tubular column of rotating cloud-filled wind usually extending from the underside of a cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud down to a cloud of spray torn up by the whirling winds from the surface of an ocean or lake

Examples of waterspout in a Sentence

the waterspout became clogged, and then the roof leaked
Recent Examples on the Web This is the fifth waterspout reported by the National Weather Service off the Florida Panhandle this summer. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 17 Aug. 2022 Storms near Destin, Florida produced a large waterspout just offshore, according to the National Weather Service, Mobile. Cheryl Mccloud, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2022 That video, taken by Amy and Daniel Somers, shows debris flying in the air as the waterspout approached land. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 7 Aug. 2022 Smith Island, the tiny and isolated Maryland community with a population of about 200, had been hit by a tornadic waterspout, and recovery efforts began within minutes. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 6 Aug. 2022 An unusual and intense tornadic waterspout tore through parts of Smith Island, Maryland on Thursday evening, leaving behind significant damage to homes after moving ashore. Jacob Feuerstein, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 More footage of that waterspout that was near Destin this morning. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2022 The severe weather came a day after witnesses captured footage of a waterspout slamming into Smith Island off the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 7 Aug. 2022 Elsewhere in the state, a waterspout tornado devastated a corner of Maryland’s Smith Island. Ngan Ho, Baltimore Sun, 6 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of waterspout

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Sep 2022

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“Waterspout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterspout. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for waterspout


wa·​ter·​spout | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌspau̇t How to pronounce waterspout (audio) , ˈwä- \

Kids Definition of waterspout

1 : a pipe for carrying off water from a roof
2 : a slender cloud that is shaped like a funnel and extends down to a cloud of spray torn up from the surface of a body of water by a whirlwind

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