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foun·tain

 (foun′tən)
n.
1.
a. An artificially created jet or stream of water.
b. A structure, often decorative, from which a jet or stream of water issues.
2. A spring, especially the source of a stream.
3. A reservoir or chamber containing a supply of liquid that can be siphoned off as needed.
4. A soda fountain.
5. A drinking fountain.
6. A point of origin or dissemination; a source: the library, a fountain of information.
intr. & tr.v. foun·tained, foun·tain·ing, foun·tains
To flow or cause to flow like a fountain.

[Middle English, from Old French fontaine, from Late Latin fontāna, from Latin, feminine of fontānus, of a spring, from fōns, font-, spring.]

fountain

(ˈfaʊntɪn)
n
1. a jet or spray of water or some other liquid
2. a structure from which such a jet or a number of such jets spurt, often incorporating figures, basins, etc
3. a natural spring of water, esp the source of a stream
4. a stream, jet, or cascade of sparks, lava, etc
5. a principal source or origin
6. a reservoir or supply chamber, as for oil in a lamp
[C15: from Old French fontaine, from Late Latin fontāna, from Latin fons spring, source]
ˈfountained adj
ˈfountainless adj
ˈfountain-ˌlike adj

foun•tain

(ˈfaʊn tn)

n.
1. a spring or source of water from the earth.
2. the source or origin of anything.
3. a jet or stream of water caused by mechanical means to spout from an opening or structure.
4. a structure for discharging such a jet.
7. a reservoir for a liquid to be supplied continuously, as in a fountain pen.
[1375–1425; late Middle English fontayne < Old French fontaine < Late Latin fontāna, n. use of feminine of Latin fontānus of a spring =font-, s. of fons spring + -anus -an1]

Fountain

 a jet or stream of liquid. See also spring.
Example: fountains of blood, 1526.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fountain - a structure from which an artificially produced jet of water arisesfountain - a structure from which an artificially produced jet of water arises
bubbler, drinking fountain, water fountain - a public fountain to provide a jet of drinking water
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
2.fountain - a natural flow of ground waterfountain - a natural flow of ground water  
Fountain of Youth - a fountain described in folk tales as able to make people young again; "Ponce de Leon discovered Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth"
geological formation, formation - (geology) the geological features of the earth
geyser - a spring that discharges hot water and steam
hot spring, thermal spring - a natural spring of water at a temperature of 70 F or above
3.fountain - an artificially produced flow of water
flow, flowing - the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
4.fountain - a plumbing fixture that provides a flow of water
plumbing fixture - a fixture for the distribution and use of water in a building

fountain

noun
1. font, spring, reservoir, spout, fount, water feature, well In the centre of the courtyard was a round fountain.
2. jet, stream, spray, gush The volcano spewed a fountain of molten rock.

fountain

noun
Translations
مَنْبَع، مَصْدَرمَنْهَل، يَنْبوع، سَبيلنافُورَةنافورَه
fontánapramenvodotryskzdroj
fontænekildespringvandsprøjtstråle
suihkulähdelähdepulputa
सोता
fontana
kútszökõkút
buna úr gosbrunnigosbrunnuruppspretta
噴水
분수
automatinis plunksnakotisfontanasparkerisšaltinis
avotsstrūklaka
fântână
fontána
vodomet
fontän
น้ำพุ
фонтан
tháp nước

fountain

[ˈfaʊntɪn]
A. N (natural, also fig) → fuente f, manantial m; (artificial) → fuente f, surtidor m; (= jet) → chorro m
drinking fountainfuente f (de agua potable)
B. CPD fountain pen Nestilográfica f, plumafuente f (LAm)

fountain

[ˈfaʊntɪn] n [water] → fontaine f; [lava, steam] → jet mfountain pen nstylo m plume, stylo m à plume

fountain

nBrunnen m; (with upward jets also) → Springbrunnen m; (= jet, spurt: of water, lava etc) → Fontäne f; (= drinking fountain)(Trinkwasser)brunnen m; (fig: = source) → Quelle f; fountain of youthJungbrunnen m

fountain

:
fountainhead
n (of river)Quelle f; (fig)Quelle f, → Ursprung m
fountain pen
nFüllfederhalter m, → Füller m

fountain

[ˈfaʊntɪn] n (also) (fig) → fontana

fountain

(ˈfauntin) noun
1. an often ornamental structure which produces a spring of water that rises into the air. Rome is famous for its beautifully carved stone fountains.
2. the water coming from such a structure. It was so hot that he stood under the fountain to get cool.
3. a source. God is the fountain of all goodness.
fountain pen
a kind of pen with a nib and containing a supply of ink which is released as one writes.

fountain

نافُورَة fontána fontæne Springbrunnen σιντριβάνι fuente suihkulähde fontaine fontana fontana 噴水 분수 fontein fontene fontanna fonte фонтан fontän น้ำพุ çeşme tháp nước 喷泉
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Here Meg meant to have a fountain, shrubbery, and a profusion of lovely flowers, though just at present the fountain was represented by a weather-beaten urn, very like a dilapidated slopbowl, the shrubbery consisted of several young larches, undecided whether to live or die, and the profusion of flowers was merely hinted by regiments of sticks to show where seeds were planted.
Why, bless my fountain pen, it's the most wonderful story I ever heard of
Outside the soft, monotonous splash of a fountain could be heard; the sound penetrated into the room with the heavy odor of jessamine that came through the open windows.
Here has the Lord laid his hand, in the midst of the howling wilderness, for their good, and raised a fountain of water from the bowels of the 'arth, that might laugh at the richest shop of apothecary's ware in all the colonies; and see
I kindled a fire near a fountain of sweet water, and feasted on the loin of a buck, which a few hours before I had killed.
Better mix it up, I reckon--have suthin' half statoo, half fountain," interposed the elder Mattingly, better known as "Maryland Joe," "and set it up afore the Town Hall and Free Library I'm kalklatin' to give.
Nor must we forget to mention a hen-coop of very reverend antiquity that stood in the farther corner of the garden, not a great way from the fountain.
And still deeper the meaning of that story of Narcissus, who because he could not grasp the tormenting, mild image he saw in the fountain, plunged into it and was drowned.
As when by unseen hands the water is gradually drawn off from some mighty fountain, and with half-stifled melancholy gurglings the spray-column lowers and lowers to the ground --so the last long dying spout of the whale.
When Jurgis had first inspected the packing plants with Szedvilas, he had marveled while he listened to the tale of all the things that were made out of the carcasses of animals, and of all the lesser industries that were maintained there; now he found that each one of these lesser industries was a separate little inferno, in its way as horrible as the killing beds, the source and fountain of them all.
In the middle of the court, a fountain threw high its silvery water, falling in a never-ceasing spray into a marble basin, fringed with a deep border of fragrant violets.
It is an expression of the health and soundness of Nature, a brag for all the world,--healthiness as of a spring burst forth, a new fountain of the Muses, to celebrate this last instant of time.