- 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 fontāna from Latin feminine of fontānus of a spring from fōns 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)