What does fountain mean?

Definitions for fountain
ˈfaʊn tnfoun·tain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fountain(noun)

    a structure from which an artificially produced jet of water arises

  2. spring, fountain, outflow, outpouring, natural spring(noun)

    a natural flow of ground water

  3. fountain, jet(noun)

    an artificially produced flow of water

  4. fountain, fount(noun)

    a plumbing fixture that provides a flow of water


  1. fountain(Noun)

    A spring, natural source of water.

  2. fountain(Noun)

    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. fountain(Noun)

    The structure from which an artificial fountain issues

  4. fountain(Noun)

    A reservoir from which liquid can be drawn.

  5. fountain(Noun)

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

  6. fountain(Noun)

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

  7. fountain(Noun)

    A soda fountain.

  8. fountain(Verb)

    To flow or gush as if from a fountain.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fountain(noun)

    a spring of water issuing from the earth

  2. Fountain(noun)

    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. Fountain(noun)

    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. Fountain(noun)

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

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


  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.]

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  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. Rex Hudler:

    Be a fountain, not a drain.

  2. Chrysippus:

    Thought is the fountain of speech.

  3. Proverb:

    Women's tears are a fountain of craft

  4. Proverb:

    Women's tears are a fountain of craft.

  5. Lily Derksen:

    We simply said we would be happy to repair the fountain.

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