• IPA: /ˈfaʊ̩/
    • (America) IPA: [ˈfaʊn.ʔn̩]

fountain (plural fountains)

  1. (originally) A natural#Adjective|natural source#Noun|source of water#Noun|water; a spring#Noun|spring.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Esther 10:6 ↗:
      A little fountaine became a riuer, and there was light, & the Sunne, and much water: this riuer is Eſther, whō the King married and made Queene.
  2. An artificial, usually ornamental, water feature#Noun|feature (usually in a garden#Noun|garden or public place) consisting of one or more stream#Noun|streams of water originating from a statue or other structure#Noun|structure.
  3. The structure from which an artificial fountain can issue#Verb|issue.
  4. A reservoir from which liquid can be drawn.
  5. A source or origin of a flow#Noun|flow (e.g., of favor#Noun|favors or knowledge).
  6. (heraldiccharge) A roundel barry wavy argent and azure.
  7. (juggling) A juggling pattern#Noun|pattern typically done with an even#Adjective|even number of props where each prop is caught by the same hand#Noun|hand that throw#Verb|throws it.
  8. (US) A soda fountain.
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  • Portuguese: fonte
  • Russian: исто́чник

fountain (fountains, present participle fountaining; past and past participle fountained)

  1. (intransitive) To flow or gush as if from a fountain.
    Lava fountained from the volcano.
    • , Blind Voices:
      The fireflies swept toward him from all directions, in streams and rivers and currents of light, a vortex a hundred yards across, spiraling into the brighter center. They met over his supine body like ocean breakers, cascading, fountaining into the air.

Proper noun
  1. A ghost town in California.
  2. A city in Colorado.
  3. A city in Fountain County, Indiana, USA formerly known as Portland.
  4. A village in Michigan.
  5. A town in Minnesota.
  6. A town in North Carolina.
  7. A town in Wisconsin.

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