A geyser in Iceland.
An example of a geyser is Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.
- a spring from which columns of boiling water and steam gush into the air at intervals
- Brit. a small hot-water heater of the coil type
Origin of geyserIcelandic Geysir, name of a certain hot spring in Iceland, literally , gusher from Old Norse gjosa, to gush
- A natural hot spring that intermittently ejects a column of water and steam into the air.
- Chiefly British A gas-operated hot-water heater.
Origin of geyserAfter Icelandic Geysir , name of a hot spring of southwest Iceland from geysa to gush from Old Norse; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
Water contained in porous rock seeps into an opening. Heated by magma below, it escapes under pressure to the earth's surface.
From the name of a particular Icelandic geyser which is mentioned as early as the 1760s in The Annual Register, as “Geyser, a wonderful spring in the valley of Haukadal”. From Geysir (“Gusher”), the Icelandic name of the hot spring in Iceland (see), from the verb geysa (“to gush”), from Old Norse geysa (“to gush”).