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

Example Sentences

the waterspout became clogged, and then the roof leaked
Recent Examples on the Web Jay Fleming, a photographer and frequenter of the island, started a GoFundMe campaign the night the tornadic waterspout struck. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 22 Aug. 2022 AccuWeather Senior Weather Editor Jesse Ferrell pointed out that this was not a typical waterspout. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 17 Aug. 2022 This is the fifth waterspout reported by the National Weather Service off the Florida Panhandle this summer. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 17 Aug. 2022 Storms near Destin, Florida produced a large waterspout just offshore, according to the National Weather Service, Mobile. Cheryl Mccloud, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2022 That video, taken by Amy and Daniel Somers, shows debris flying in the air as the waterspout approached land. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 7 Aug. 2022 Smith Island, the tiny and isolated Maryland community with a population of about 200, had been hit by a tornadic waterspout, and recovery efforts began within minutes. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 6 Aug. 2022 An unusual and intense tornadic waterspout tore through parts of Smith Island, Maryland on Thursday evening, leaving behind significant damage to homes after moving ashore. Jacob Feuerstein, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 More footage of that waterspout that was near Destin this morning. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2022 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 1 Dec. 2022.

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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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