What does fountain mean?

Definitions for fountain
ˈfaʊn tnfoun·tain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fountainnoun

    a structure from which an artificially produced jet of water arises

  2. spring, fountain, outflow, outpouring, natural springnoun

    a natural flow of ground water

  3. fountain, jetnoun

    an artificially produced flow of water

  4. fountain, fountnoun

    a plumbing fixture that provides a flow of water

Wiktionary

  1. fountainnoun

    A spring, natural source of water.

  2. fountainnoun

    An artificial, usually ornamental, water feature (usually in a garden or public place) consisting of one or more streams of water originating from a statue or other structure.

  3. fountainnoun

    The structure from which an artificial fountain issues

  4. fountainnoun

    A reservoir from which liquid can be drawn.

  5. fountainnoun

    A source, origin of a flow (e.g. of favors, of knowledge).

  6. fountainnoun

    A juggling pattern typically done with an even number of props where each prop is caught by the same hand that thows it.

  7. fountainnoun

    A soda fountain.

  8. fountainverb

    To flow or gush as if from a fountain.

  9. Etymology: From ; from fontaine (=modern); from fontana, from fontanus, fontaneus, adjectives from fons

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FOUNT, FOUNTAINnoun

    Etymology: fons, Latin; fontaine, French.

    He set before him spread
    A table of celestial food divine,
    Ambrosial fruits, fetcht from the tree of life;
    And from the fount of life ambrosial drink. John Milton, Par. Reg.

    Proofs as clear as founts in July, when
    We see each grain of gravel. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Can a man drink better from the fountain when it is finely paved with marble, than when it swells over the green turf? Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    Narcissus on the grassy verdure lies;
    But whilst within the crystal fount he tries
    To quench his heat, he feels new heat arise. Addison.

    Fountains I intend to be of two natures: the one that sprinkleth or spouteth water; the other a fair receipt of water, without fish, or slime, or mud. Francis Bacon, Essay 47.

    All actions of your grace are of a piece, as waters keep the tenor of their fountains: your compassion is general, and has the same effect as well on enemies as friends. Dryden.

    Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness. Comm. Prayer.

    You may reduce many thousand bodies to these few general figures, as unto their principal heads and fountains. Henry Peacham.

    This one city may well be reckoned not only the seat of trade and commerce, not only the fountain of habits and fashions, and good breeding, but of morally good or bad manners to all England. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

Wikipedia

  1. Fountain

    A fountain, from the Latin "fons" (genitive "fontis"), meaning source or spring, is a decorative reservoir used for discharging water. It is also a structure that jets water into the air for a decorative or dramatic effect. Fountains were originally purely functional, connected to springs or aqueducts and used to provide drinking water and water for bathing and washing to the residents of cities, towns and villages. Until the late 19th century most fountains operated by gravity, and needed a source of water higher than the fountain, such as a reservoir or aqueduct, to make the water flow or jet into the air. In addition to providing drinking water, fountains were used for decoration and to celebrate their builders. Roman fountains were decorated with bronze or stone masks of animals or heroes. In the Middle Ages, Moorish and Muslim garden designers used fountains to create miniature versions of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France used fountains in the Gardens of Versailles to illustrate his power over nature. The baroque decorative fountains of Rome in the 17th and 18th centuries marked the arrival point of restored Roman aqueducts and glorified the Popes who built them.By the end of the 19th century, as indoor plumbing became the main source of drinking water, urban fountains became purely decorative. Mechanical pumps replaced gravity and allowed fountains to recycle water and to force it high into the air. The Jet d'Eau in Lake Geneva, built in 1951, shoots water 140 metres (460 ft) in the air. The highest such fountain in the world is King Fahd's Fountain in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which spouts water 260 metres (850 ft) above the Red Sea.Fountains are used today to decorate city parks and squares; to honor individuals or events; for recreation and for entertainment. A splash pad or spray pool allows city residents to enter, get wet and cool off in summer. The musical fountain combines moving jets of water, colored lights and recorded music, controlled by a computer, for dramatic effects. Fountains can themselves also be musical instruments played by obstruction of one or more of their water jets. Drinking fountains provide clean drinking water in public buildings, parks and public spaces.

ChatGPT

  1. fountain

    A fountain is a decorative structure that pumps and sprays water into the air, often designed with artistic and aesthetic features. Fountains are used in landscapes, parks, city squares, and gardens for ornamentation as well as to create a relaxing ambiance. They can vary in size, from small tabletop fountains to large multi-tiered ones in city squares. Some fountains also serve practical purposes such as providing drinking water or for bathing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fountainnoun

    a spring of water issuing from the earth

  2. Fountainnoun

    an artificially produced jet or stream of water; also, the structure or works in which such a jet or stream rises or flows; a basin built and constantly supplied with pure water for drinking and other useful purposes, or for ornament

  3. Fountainnoun

    a reservoir or chamber to contain a liquid which can be conducted or drawn off as needed for use; as, the ink fountain in a printing press, etc

  4. Fountainnoun

    the source from which anything proceeds, or from which anything is supplied continuously; origin; source

  5. Etymology: [F. fontaine, LL. fontana, fr. L. fons, fontis. See 2d Fount.]

Wikidata

  1. Fountain

    A fountain is a piece of architecture which pours water into a basin or jets it into the air to supply drinking water and/or for a decorative or dramatic effect. Fountains were originally purely functional, connected to springs or aqueducts and used to provide drinking water and water for bathing and washing to the residents of cities, towns and villages. Until the late 19th century most fountains operated by gravity, and needed a source of water higher than the fountain, such as a reservoir or aqueduct, to make the water flow or jet into the air. In addition to providing drinking water, fountains were used for decoration and to celebrate their builders. Roman fountains were decorated with bronze or stone masks of animals or heroes. In the Middle Ages, Moorish and Muslim garden designers used fountains to create miniature versions of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France used fountains in the Gardens of Versailles to illustrate his power over nature. The baroque decorative fountains of Rome in the 17th and 18th centuries marked the arrival point of restored Roman aqueducts and glorified the Popes who built them.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fountain

    fownt′ān, n. a spring of water, natural or artificial: the structure for a jet of water: the source of anything: a reservoir for holding oil, &c., in a lamp.—ns. Fount, a spring of water: a source; Fount′ain-head, the head or source of a fountain: the beginning.—adj. Fount′ainless, wanting fountains or springs of water.—n. Fount′ain-pen, a pen having a reservoir for holding ink.—adj. Fount′ful, full of springs. [Fr. fontaine—Low L. fontāna—L. fons, fontis, a spring—-fundĕre, to pour.]

Editors Contribution

  1. fountain

    A type of device created and designed in various colors, lights, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles that creates and produces a form of water.

    The local village square has a beautiful fountain with lights.


    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FOUNTAIN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fountain is ranked #1774 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fountain surname appeared 20,193 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 would have the surname Fountain.

    61.9% or 12,501 total occurrences were White.
    32.1% or 6,500 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 521 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 479 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 107 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 85 total occurrences were Asian.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fountain in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fountain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of fountain in a Sentence

  1. Bear Hall:

    If [the council] doesn’t want it as a focal point, that’s fine, but we don’t want some ‘foofoo’ fountain either.

  2. Olive Schreiner:

    Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them. You may dam up the fountain of water, and make it a stagnant marsh, or you may let it run free and do its work; but you cannot say whether it shall be there; it is there. And it will act, if not openly for good, then covertly for evil; but it will act.

  3. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    To which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.

  4. A Marvell:

    No prince, how great soever, begets his predecessors, and the noblest rivers are not navigable to the fountain.

  5. Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686):

    The Scripture is a mirror to show us our sins; Christ's blood is a fountain to wash them away.

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