waterspout


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wa·ter·spout

 (wô′tər-spout′, wŏt′ər-)
n.
1. A tornado or less violent whirlwind occurring over water, consisting of a funnel-shaped whirling column of air and water droplets.
2. A hole or pipe from which water is discharged.

waterspout

(ˈwɔːtəˌspaʊt)
n
1. (Physical Geography) meteorol
a. a tornado occurring over water that forms a column of water and mist extending between the surface and the clouds above
b. a sudden downpour of heavy rain
2. (Building) a pipe or channel through which water is discharged, esp one used for drainage from the gutters of a roof

wa•ter•spout

(ˈwɔ tərˌspaʊt, ˈwɒt ər-)

n.
1. a spout, duct, or the like, from which water is discharged.
2. downspout.
3. a whirling, funnel-shaped cloud that touches the surface of a body of water, drawing upward spray and mist.
[1350–1400]

waterspout

An intense low-pressure system which creates a column of fast-moving wind laden with water.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.waterspout - a tornado passing over water and picking up a column of water and mistwaterspout - a tornado passing over water and picking up a column of water and mist
tornado, twister - a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground
2.waterspout - a heavy rainwaterspout - a heavy rain        
rain, rainfall - water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
3.waterspout - a channel through which water is discharged (especially one used for drainage from the gutters of a roof)waterspout - a channel through which water is discharged (especially one used for drainage from the gutters of a roof)
conduit - a passage (a pipe or tunnel) through which water or electric wires can pass; "the computers were connected through a system of conduits"
Translations

waterspout

[ˈwɔːtəspaʊt] N
1. (= tornado) → tromba f marina
2. (= drainage pipe) → tubo m de desagüe

waterspout

[ˈwɔːtəˌspaʊt] n (pipe, channel) → pluviale m (Met) → tromba d'acqua
References in classic literature ?
With his hair in disorder, and without his hat, he ran along the street as never man was seen to run before, overturning passers-by, rushing over the sidewalk like a waterspout.
I heard old Ahab tell him he must always kill a squall, something as they burst a waterspout with a pistol --fire your ship right into it
Lorry, who came panting in breathless from his struggle against the waterspout of the Carmagnole; after kissing little Lucie, who was lifted up to clasp her arms round his neck; and after embracing the ever zealous and faithful Pross who lifted her; he took his wife in his arms, and carried her up to their rooms.
It came extravagantly, for every canyon had grown into a torrent, every gulch a waterspout, every watercourse a river, and all pouring into the North Fork, that, rushing past the settlement, seemed to threaten it with lifted crest and flying mane.
It was either magic or some very curious machinery that caused the gushing waterspout to assume all these forms.
The electric light went out suddenly, and two enormous waterspouts broke over the bridge of the frigate, rushing like a torrent from stem to stern, overthrowing men, and breaking the lashings of the spars.
No roof to the iron cross, no octagonal lantern, no frail, slender columns spreading out on the edge of the roof into capitals of acanthus leaves and flowers, no waterspouts of chimeras and monsters, on carved woodwork, no fine sculpture, deeply sunk in the stone.
Carrying her as tenderly, and as easily too, as if she had been an infant, and showing himself both swift and sure of foot, he led the way through what appeared to be the poorest and most wretched quarter of the town; and turning aside to avoid the overflowing kennels or running waterspouts, but holding his course, regardless of such obstructions, and making his way straight through them.
They saw white sails or tufts of smoke pass across the horizon, and if you had said that these were waterspouts, or the petals of white sea flowers, they would have agreed.
Tornadoes, hurricanes, waterspouts, and tidal waves were so many obstacles to the way of a ship on the sea and of a master on the bridge--they were that to him, and nothing more.
Wet days, when the rain came slowly, thickly, obstinately down; when the street's throat, like his own, was choked with mist; when smoking umbrellas passed and re-passed, spinning round and round like so many teetotums, as they knocked against each other on the crowded footway, throwing off a little whirlpool of uncomfortable sprinklings; when gutters brawled and waterspouts were full and noisy; when the wet from the projecting stones and ledges of the church fell drip, drip, drip, on Toby, making the wisp of straw on which he stood mere mud in no time; those were the days that tried him.
The students will participate in a design challenge where they must create a way to stop the spider from going up the waterspout while still allowing water to come out.