Meaning of FOUNTAIN in English


I. ˈfau̇nt ə n, -tə̇n noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English fountaine, from Middle French fontaine, from Late Latin fontana, from Latin, feminine of fontanus of a spring, from font-, fons spring + -anus -an



(1) : a spring of water issuing from the earth

the greatest objection to this country is the want of fountains and running streams — H.M.Brackenridge

(2) : the point of origin or head of a stream

making rivers to ascend to their fountains — John Ray

b. : something that resembles a flowing spring

with purple fountains issuing from your veins — Shakespeare

2. : the source from which something proceeds or from which it is supplied

he is the fountain of honor and all titles spring from his power of conferment — W.A.Robson


a. : an artificially produced jet of water

b. : the structure from which such a jet of water rises or flows

c. : drinking fountain

d. : an upward jet or downward shower of something other than water

spectacular fountains of lava — Howel Williams

e. : a pyrotechnic device that emits a shower of sparks in imitation of water falling from a fountain

4. heraldry : a roundel barry-wavy of six argent and azure

5. : a reservoir containing a liquid or other substance that can be conducted or drawn off as needed for use

the ink fountain in a printing press

6. : soda fountain

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb

: to flow or spout like a fountain

transitive verb

: to cause to flow like a fountain

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