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 of waterspout from the Web
By the time the funnel is visible, a fair weather waterspout is near maturity.
Waterspout spotted earlier this morning from Biloxi.
In nearby Biloxi, a waterspout moved ashore Wednesday morning.
Tornadoes and waterspouts: A few tornadoes are possible within thunderstorms moving in off the Gulf.
The eastern shore of Mobile Bay is better known for sunset viewing, but Celie Mills Tobias of Mobile captured a stunning sunrise on Thursday, when daylight revealed a massive waterspout moving onshore.
South Florida is the waterspout capital of the world, although most of them remain over the water.
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First Known Use of waterspout
WATERSPOUT Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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