Geyser meaning

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The definition of a geyser is a natural hot spring that boils and lets out a large burst of water and steam from time to time.

An example of a geyser is Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.

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(chiefly british) A gas-operated hot-water heater.
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A natural hot spring that intermittently ejects a column of water and steam into the air.
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A spring from which columns of boiling water and steam gush into the air at intervals.
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(brit.) A small hot-water heater of the coil type.
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(planetology, geology, volcanology) A boiling natural spring which throws forth at frequent intervals jets of water, mud etc., driven up by the expansive power of steam.
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(UK, archaic) An instantaneous, and often dangerous, hot water heater.
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(South Africa) A domestic water boiler.
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A natural hot spring that regularly ejects a spray of steam and boiling water into the air.
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Origin of geyser

  • After Icelandic Geysir , name of a hot spring of southwest Iceland from geysa to gush from Old Norse gheu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary