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fount 1

1. A fountain.
2. One that initiates or dispenses; a source: Damascus—the fount of modern Arab nationalism.

[Middle English, from Old English and Old French font, both from Latin fōns, font-.]

fount 2

n. Chiefly British
Variant of font2.
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1. poetic a spring or fountain
2. source or origin
[C16: back formation from fountain]


(faʊnt; fɒnt)
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing another word for font2
[C16: from Old French fonte a founding, casting, from Vulgar Latin funditus (unattested) a casting, from Latin fundere to melt; see found3]
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1. a spring of water; fountain.
2. a source or origin: a fount of ideas.
[1585–95; short for fountain]


(faʊnt, fɒnt)

Brit. font 2.
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 a complete assortment of type of the same size and style; a spring or source. Also called font. See also fountain.
Examples: fount of fire, 1833; of inspiration, 1842; of italics, 1862; of life, 1667; of new heresies, 1874; of type, 1878.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fount - a specific size and style of type within a type familyfount - a specific size and style of type within a type family
type - printed characters; "small type is hard to read"
type family - a complete set of type suitable for printing text
unicameral script - a script with a single case
bicameral script - a script having two distinct cases
constant-width font, fixed-width font, monospaced font, typewriter font - a typeface is which each character is given the same width (as by a typewriter)
proportional font - any font whose different characters have different widths
cartridge font, font cartridge - any font that is contained in a cartridge that can be plugged into a computer printer
black letter, Gothic - a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries
bold, bold face, boldface - a typeface with thick heavy lines
italic - a typeface with letters slanting upward to the right
raster font, screen font - the font that is displayed on a computer screen; "when the screen font resembles a printed font a document may look approximately the same on the screen as it will when printed"
Helvetica, sans serif - a typeface in which characters have no serifs
2.fount - 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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[faʊnt] N
1. (poet) (= source) → fuente f, manantial m
fount of knowledge/wisdomfuente f de sabiduría
2. (Brit) (Typ) → fundición f
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[ˈfaʊnt ˈfɒnt] nsource f
a fount of wisdom → une source de sagesse
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(liter: = fountain) → Born m (poet), → Quelle f; (fig: = source) → Quelle f
(Typ) → Schrift f
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[faʊnt] n
a. (liter) (source) → fonte f, sorgente f
b. (Typ) → carattere m (di stampa)
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He looked at her often, when the routine work of the day was going on, the question he could not ask her tickling at the founts of speech--Was she going riding next Sunday?
Actually was he hungry when he had megapode eggs, and the well-nigh dried founts of saliva and of internal digestive juices were stimulated to flow again at contemplation of a megapode egg prepared for the eating.
Their stringy muscles seemed founts of inexhaustible energy.
The twins no longer derive their sustenance from Nature's founts - in short,' said Mr.
I can - Its fount is holier - more divine - I would not call thee fool, old man, But such is not a gift of thine.
"I must have lived fully three years in that secluded school-house hearth," said he, "drinking thirstily of the ever-flowing fount of limpid knowledge before me."
The third draught that I craved from the fount of knowledge was enlightenment concerning the character known as A Man About Town.
"The miraculous fount hath ceased to flow!" This shout burst from twenty pilgrim mouths at once.