waterspout

noun wa·ter·spout \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌspau̇t , 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

  1. the waterspout became clogged, and then the roof leaked

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First Known Use of waterspout

14th century

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WATERSPOUT Defined for English Language Learners

waterspout

noun

Definition of waterspout for English Language Learners

  • : 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


WATERSPOUT Defined for Kids

waterspout

noun wa·ter·spout \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌspau̇t , ˈwä- \

Definition of waterspout for Students

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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