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The Definition of - fountain (noun)

    a spring or source of water; the source or head of a stream.
    the source or origin of anything.
    a jet or stream of water (or other liquid) made by mechanical means to spout or rise from an opening or structure, as to afford water for use, to cool the air, or to serve for ornament.
    a structure for discharging such a jet or a number of jets, often an elaborate or artistic work with basins, sculptures, etc.
    a reservoir for a liquid to be supplied gradually or continuously, as in a fountain pen.
    Heraldry. a roundel barry-wavy, argent and azure.

Word Example of - fountain

    Example Sentences for fountain

    Parnapishtim instructs Ardi-Ea to convey Gilgamesh to this fountain.

    At the foot of the hill there was a town and in the centre of the town there was a fountain.

    As if in obedience to its suggestion, he turned abruptly from the fountain and re-entered the palace.

    In summer the water for the fountain was artificially cooled.

    Not only was there gold in that land; there was also a fountain whose waters restored youth and vigor to the drinker.

    It was the cross-roads of a wood, with a fountain shaded by an oak to the left.

    Sulla celebrated the festival for the victory in Thebes at the fountain of Oedipus, where he erected a stage.

    And the pilgrim made answer that he was hard by, washing his wounds at a fountain.

    Many of our ancestors believed in the existence of and sought for the Fountain of Perpetual Youth.

    It is terminated in a sharp point by the fountain before mentioned.

Word Origin & History of - fountain

    Word Origin & History

    fountain c.1410, "spring of water that collects in a pool," from O.Fr. fontaine "natural spring," from L.L. fontana "fountain, spring," from L. fem. of fontanus "of a spring," from fons (gen. fontis) "spring (of water);" cognate with Skt. dhanvati "flows, runs." The extended sense of "artificial jet of water" (and the structures that make them) is first recorded 1509. Fountainhead "spring from which a stream flows" first recorded 1585. "A French fountain-pen is described in 1658 and Miss Burney used one in 1789" [Weekley].

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