- 1An ornamental structure in a pool or lake from which one or more jets of water are pumped into the air.More example sentences
- Non-living structures include equipment, statues, urns, fountains and pools of water.
- In the centre, an ornamental pond displays more fountains and more light, water reflecting off water to create an infinite array of mirror image distortion.
- The enjoyment of water was evident in garden grottoes and nymphae structures in which fountains, cascades and pools were choreographed to create an appropriately sybaritic milieu.
- 1.1A thing that spurts or cascades into the air: little fountains of dustMore example sentences
- A fountain of sparks spurted up, falling in a shower around the boy, bent over in concentration.
- It seemed as if fountains of dust were pouring from the sky, falling gently, flickering in the sunlight.
- The fire adjusted itself with a crash, sending up a fountain of sparks.
- 2chiefly • literary A natural spring of water.More example sentences
- The mineral water of the numerous fountains, natural springs and wells, have an almost uniform chemical composition, temperature and sulphide content.
- In this tiny, narrow gorge, under the cool shade of the palms, a fountain of hot spring water feeds a warm, thigh-deep pool, where inch-long fish nibble my feet.
- Along the way they stopped at a fountain and drank some spring water.
- 2.1A source of a desirable quality: the government always quote this report as the fountain of truthMore example sentences
- We need to start the fountain of truth before we all die of thirst.
- If he finds the fountain of youth, the Spurs have a shot.
- Therefore, consumers should not expect to find a fountain of youth in a jar.
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- Spurt or cascade like a fountain: a river of cold air fountained into the holdMore example sentences
- This was followed, between 9 May and 13 July, by 15 episodes of lava fountaining, which were essentially a repetition of those of the preceding year.
- The blast of high explosive sent a cloud of dust fountaining into the air.
- Water, gallons and gallons of it, was still bubbling and fountaining up and around him.
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- A legendary fountain supposed to guarantee eternal youth to anyone who drinks from it: while yogurt may not be the fountain of youth, it is exceptionally good for youMore example sentences
- I may be sitting here right now holding back the fountain of youth.
- In fact, exercise is the closest thing you'll find to the fountain of youth.
- Thousands of seniors believe they've found the fountain of youth.
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- From here we observed the mime artists performing in the glorious fountained gardens.
- The beautiful, fountained square and quaint nearby petites rues are filled with places to eat and drink, and basically make nightlife here.
Middle English (in sense 2 of the noun): from Old French fontaine, from late Latin fontana, feminine of Latin fontanus, adjective from fons, font- 'a spring'.