wa·​ter·​spout ˈwȯ-tər-ˌspau̇t How to pronounce waterspout (audio)
: a pipe, duct, or orifice from which water is spouted or through which it is carried
: 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 That along with funnel clouds, waterspouts and hailstorms, made for an interesting Father’s Day in much of western Oregon. oregonlive, 20 June 2023 Severe storms featuring tornadoes, waterspouts possible along Gulf Coast this weekend Vehicles were tossed and debris strewn along roads after the tornado touched down at 5:10 p.m. Saturday. Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, 1 May 2023 Conditions The weather service issued a special marine weather warning for the Central Coast on Wednesday morning due to the potential for waterspouts and strong winds. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2023 This glass bath is shallow enough for birds of all sizes to splash and also includes a pleasant mini waterspout in the center. Rena Behar, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Apr. 2023 The National Weather Service Miami issued a tornado warning for parts of Broward County after a waterspout was sighted and approached shore. Kathy Laskowski, Sun Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2023 The tornado warning expired at 1:15 p.m., but indicated that atmospheric conditions may be conducive to the formation of additional waterspouts. Kathy Laskowski, Sun Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2023 The user labeled the phenomenon a waterspout in the video's caption. Hannah Hudnall, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023 On Tuesday morning, the weather service's office in Corpus Christi, Texas, issued warnings about high winds, rough surf and potential waterspouts and hail for Laguna Madre and Baffin Bay near the Gulf Coast. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of waterspout was in the 14th century

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“Waterspout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterspout. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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wa·​ter·​spout ˈwȯt-ər-ˌspau̇t How to pronounce waterspout (audio)
: a pipe for carrying off water from a roof
: a column of rotating wind extending from a cloud down to a cloud of spray torn up from the surface of a body of water by the winds

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