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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.]
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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
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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]
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Fountain

 a jet or stream of liquid. See also spring.
Example: fountains of blood, 1526.
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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
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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.
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fountain

noun
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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)
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fountain

[ˈfaʊntɪn] n [water] → fontaine f; [lava, steam] → jet mfountain pen nstylo m plume, stylo m à plume
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
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fountain

[ˈfaʊntɪn] n (also) (fig) → fontana
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
Life is a well of delight; but where the rabble also drink, there all fountains are poisoned.
From out the hill-side spouted fountains in thick streams of water, so that there was a continual splashing; and close beside them sat an old king with a golden crown upon his white head: that was King Hroar, near the fountains, close to the town of Roeskilde, as it is now called.
For fountains, they are a great beauty and refreshment; but pools mar all, and make the garden unwholesome, and full of flies and frogs.
'That is all very well,' said the King, 'but I cannot give away my daughter until there stands in front of my palace a garden in which there are three fountains, of which the first must play gold, the second diamonds, and the third brilliants.'
From sumptuous Versailles, with its palaces, its statues, its gardens, and its fountains, we journeyed back to Paris and sought its antipodes-- the Faubourg St.
Fouquet had divided a river into a thousand fountains, and gathered the waters of a thousand fountains into torrents.
"They have built it right under my palace grounds, and it ends in front of the Forbidden Fountain. Nothing but a crust of earth remains to separate our enemies from us, and when they march here, they will easily break through this crust and rush upon us."
He found at the foot of a large walnut-tree a fountain of clear and running water.
At last, swooping at a street corner by a fountain, one of its wheels came to a sickening little jolt, and there was a loud cry from a number of voices, and the horses reared and plunged.
Quoth Robin, "Now will I go to seek this same Friar of Fountain Abbey of whom we spake yesternight, and I will take with me four of my good men, and these four shall be Little John, Will Scarlet, David of Doncaster, and Arthur a Bland.
While the coachman and a servant were replacing the wheel, the lady and gentleman sheltered themselves beneath the maple-trees, and there espied the bubbling fountain, and David Swan asleep beside it.
"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.