- a natural spring of water
- the source or beginning of a stream
- a source or origin of anything: a fountain of knowledge
- an artificial spring, jet, or flow of water
- the basin, pipes, etc. where this flows
- drinking fountain
- a container or reservoir, as for ink or oil
Origin of fountainMiddle English ; from Old French fontaine ; from Late Latin fontana ; from feminine of Classical Latin fontanus ; from fons (gen. fontis), spring, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhen-, to run, flow from source Sanskrit dhanáyati, (he) runs
- a. An artificially created jet or stream of water.b. A structure, often decorative, from which a jet or stream of water issues.
- A spring, especially the source of a stream.
- A reservoir or chamber containing a supply of liquid that can be siphoned off as needed.
- A soda fountain.
- A drinking fountain.
- A point of origin or dissemination; a source: the library, a fountain of information.
intr. & tr.v.foun·tained, foun·tain·ing, foun·tains
To flow or cause to flow like a fountain.
Origin of fountainMiddle English, from Old French fontaine, from Late Latin fontana, from Latin, feminine of fontanus, of a spring, from f&omacron;ns, font-, spring.
- (originally) A spring, natural source of water.
- 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.
- The structure from which an artificial fountain issues
- A reservoir from which liquid can be drawn.
- A source, origin of a flow (e.g. of favors, of knowledge).
- A juggling pattern typically done with an even number of props where each prop is caught by the same hand that thows it.
- (US) A soda fountain.
(third-person singular simple present fountains, present participle fountaining, simple past and past participle fountained)