A fountain is a decorative structure that shoots streams of water into the air. You might see a big fountain in front of a museum, or install a small one in your back yard.

You can use the noun fountain any time you talk about a shooting flow of water, whether it's a deliberate, artificial piece of architecture or an accidental fountain caused by the faucet in your kitchen sink breaking suddenly, sending a fountain of water into the air. The earliest, fifteenth century meaning of fountain was "spring of water that collects in a pool," from the Latin root word fons, "spring of water."

Definitions of fountain
  1. noun
    a structure from which an artificially produced jet of water arises
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    bubbler, drinking fountain, water fountain
    a public fountain to provide a jet of drinking water
    type of:
    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  2. noun
    a plumbing fixture that provides a flow of water
    synonyms: fount
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    type of:
    plumbing fixture
    a fixture for the distribution and use of water in a building
  3. noun
    a natural flow of ground water
    synonyms: natural spring, outflow, outpouring, spring
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    Old Faithful
    a geyser in Yellowstone National Park that erupts for about 4 minutes about every 65 minutes
    Fountain of Youth
    a fountain described in folk tales as able to make people young again
    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
    type of:
    formation, geological formation
    (geology) the geological features of the earth
  4. noun
    an artificially produced flow of water
    synonyms: jet
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    type of:
    flow, flowing
    the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
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