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

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Examples of waterspout in a Sentence

the waterspout became clogged, and then the roof leaked
Recent Examples on the Web Footage filmed by area resident Eyup Can Kızılkaya shows the waterspout moving over the lake. Fox News, "Waterspout roars across lake in Turkey as torrential rains lash Istanbul, killing Syrian refugee," 25 June 2020 The tornado began as a waterspout on Lake Conway and lifted near Lake Lawsona. CBS News, "Tornado touches down near Orlando," 7 June 2020 As severe storms popped up across the Houston area on Thursday afternon, Mike Norman posted this video on Twitter showing a waterspout on Galveston Bay. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "Video captures waterspout on Galveston Bay on during Thursday's severe storms," 28 May 2020 The same system caused a waterspout to form over Lake Wright Patman near Texarkana, Texas, officials said. Fox News, "Tornado reported in Texas town where businesses, nursing home damaged," 17 May 2020 Mounted dragon heads then became a thing, and soon churches all around Europe had waterspouts carved to look like dragons. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Endurance of Notre-Dame," 12 Apr. 2020 Originally hung to scare off evil spirits, the monster’s head doubled as a hideous waterspout that drained rainwater down off the roof and out the beast’s mouth. San Antonio Express-News, "The Gargoyles Guarding S.A.," 28 Mar. 2020 The tornado started on land and traveled more than a half-mile before moving over the waters of Pickering Passage and becoming a waterspout. USA TODAY, "Massive pumpkin, runaway emu, 38-year-old penguin dies: News from around our 50 states," 21 Oct. 2019 The state is no stranger to tornadoes, and a lot of that has to do with coastal weather systems that can drum up the maritime phenomenon known as a waterspout. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Video shows waterspout forming off Florida coast," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of waterspout

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Waterspout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterspout. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of waterspout

: a pipe or tube for water to pass through
: an opening through which water flows
: an area of rapidly spinning wind in the shape of a funnel or tube that forms between a cloud and the surface of an ocean or lake


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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