waterspout

noun
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 In Panama City Beach, a waterspout moving ashore did widespread damage to structures, trees and power lines. Daniel Manzo, ABC News, "Severe weather threat in Florida as over 350 reports of severe weather reported in South since Friday," 11 Apr. 2021 In April 1926 a waterspout came ashore in National City, creating what the National Weather Service in San Diego has called the worst tornado on record in San Diego County. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Tornados strike region 95 years ago," 6 Apr. 2021 The waterspout occurring today near the Mackinac Bridge was a fair-weather one. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Another day in Michigan: Locals spot waterspout near Mackinac Bridge," 16 Oct. 2020 Florida has endured at least two tornadoes in the last week, including an EF-2 that tore up DeLand and a massive waterspout off the coast of South Florida. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Watch: Six waterspouts spin at once in Gulf of Mexico," 21 Aug. 2020 On Wednesday, a waterspout was spinning off the beach near the border between Broward and Miami-Dade counties, captured in photos and video from high-rises in Sunny Isles Beach and over the intrascoastal in Aventura. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Watch: Six waterspouts spin at once in Gulf of Mexico," 21 Aug. 2020 The storms also generated a waterspout over Lake Buyukcekmece, a large lake on the edge of the city. Fox News, "Waterspout roars across lake in Turkey as torrential rains lash Istanbul, killing Syrian refugee," 25 June 2020 The waterspout though was off the barrier islands, which is the area of Sunny Isles Beach. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Watch: Waterspout slides up the beach in South Florida," 19 Aug. 2020 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

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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 9 May. 2021.

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waterspout

noun

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

waterspout

noun
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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