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

n a structure from which an artificially produced jet of water arises

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

n a plumbing fixture that provides a flow of water

Type of:
plumbing fixture
a fixture for the distribution and use of water in a building

n a natural flow of ground water

natural spring, outflow, outpouring, spring
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

n an artificially produced flow of water

Type of:
flow, flowing
the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

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