• I took it as bein' a compliment to my sect the way that fountain wuz laid out
    I took it as bein' a compliment to my sect the way that fountain wuz laid out
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fountain a plumbing fixture that provides a flow of water
    • n fountain an artificially produced flow of water
    • n fountain a structure from which an artificially produced jet of water arises
    • n fountain a natural flow of ground water
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Fountain Court, Temple Fountain Court, Temple
Fountain in Court at Damascus Fountain in Court at Damascus
Features include imposing buildings, an obelisk and a fountain Features include imposing buildings, an obelisk and a fountain
The ornate fountain featuring mythological figures The ornate fountain featuring mythological figures
Worcester's Steam Fountain Worcester's Steam Fountain
Plan of Fountains Abbey Plan of Fountains Abbey

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 691 drinking fountains in the Pentagon
    • Fountain A reservoir or chamber to contain a liquid which can be conducted or drawn off as needed for use; as, the ink fountain in a printing press, etc.
    • Fountain A spring of water issuing from the earth.
    • Fountain An artificially produced jet or stream of water; also, the structure or works in which such a jet or stream rises or flows; a basin built and constantly supplied with pure water for drinking and other useful purposes, or for ornament.
    • Fountain The source from which anything proceeds, or from which anything is supplied continuously; origin; source. "Judea, the fountain of the gospel.""Author of all being, Fountain of light, thyself invisible."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Central Park located in New York has 125 drinking fountains
    • n fountain A natural spring or source of water; the source or head of a stream.
    • n fountain An artificial basin or tank for receiving a flow of living water, from which it may be drawn for any use, or from which by the force of its own pressure it may rise or spout through orifices in jets or showers. For the latter purpose it is necessary that the water should flow through a pipe or closed conduit from a source considerably higher than the level of the fountain. Ornamental fountains thus supplied are often very elaborately constructed.
    • n fountain Origin; first source; cause.
    • n fountain In her.: A roundel, barry wavy of six argent and azure, or more rarely having a greater number of barrulets.
    • n fountain The representation of an ordinary architectural fountain with basin, etc.
    • n fountain A tin-lined copper holder used in transporting aërated waters, or the combination of ornamental faucets and syrup-holders from which such” waters are drawn; a soda-fountain.
    • n fountain The ink-holder of a printing-press.
    • n fountain The supply-chamber of a fountain-pen or of a fountain-inkstand, or the reservoir for oil in certain kinds of lamps, etc.
    • n fountain A fountain-shell or watering-pot shell; any shell of the genus Aspergillum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pope Adrian VI choked to death after a fly got stuck in his throat as he was taking a drink from a fountain
    • n Fountain fownt′ān a spring of water, natural or artificial: the structure for a jet of water: the source of anything: a reservoir for holding oil, &c., in a lamp
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.”
  • John L. Mason
    John L. Mason
    “The aim of education should be to convert the mind into living fountain, and not a reservoir.”
  • Washington Irving
    “A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.”
  • Grant M. Bright
    Grant M. Bright
    “Some people drink deeply from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Some students drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fontaine, LL. fontana, fr. L. fons, fontis,. See 2d Fount
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. fontaine—Low L. fontāna—L. fons, fontis, a spring—-fundĕre, to pour.


In literature:

Every corner of the palace was gilded, and fountains cast jets of water into the air.
"Roumanian Fairy Tales" by Various
He controls by his powerful hand the mountains and rivers and fountains.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
She sits on a throne of power at the very fountain of life.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
The big cat tiptoed across the lawn, until she came to an iron fountain.
"Exciting Adventures of Mister Robert Robin" by Ben Field
We'll meet at the soda-water fountain.
"Just Patty" by Jean Webster
Now, notice, we have here in three clauses three stages which we may venture to distinguish as the fountain, the basin, the stream.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
It is the water of the fountain of Giantland.
"Tales of Giants from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
From the desk before him he picked up a fountain pen.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
To fountains plashing and showing a thousand different colours?
"More Tales in the Land of Nursery Rhyme" by Ada M. Marzials
Follow the path till you come to a fountain in a glade.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
The broad and spacious gardens with their wealth of verdure, their lakes, fountains, and statuary, formed a picture of indescribable charm.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The great fountains were very curiously contrived.
"Rollo in Paris" by Jacob Abbott
The fountain will not fail us in the wilderness.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
At the right, a grass walk led down to a sunken fountain approached by wide stone steps.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
How I longed for a beaten track which would lead me without fail to the fountain!
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Near the Great Fountain Geyser is a small valley in the upper part of which is a large hot spring called the Firehole.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Then you will come to a garden, in the midst of which is a fountain, and on the basin is the Speaking Bird.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Would you dry up the river of discord, you must first exhaust the fountains and rills which form it.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
His lips, immersed in the fountain, found very little bitterness there.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
They said the fountain was queer.
"Ruth Fielding at Briarwood Hall" by Alice B. Emerson

In poetry:

Thou to Earth art still a stranger,
To Life's tumult and unrest;
Angel visitants alone
Stir the fountains in thy breast.
"Lines To D. G. T., Of Sherwood" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Here is one by which we gather,
On this bright and happy day,
Just to bask beside a fountain
Making gladder life's highway.
"Dedication Poem" by Frances Ellen Watkins
There haply by the sounding streams,
And where the fountains break,
He saw the darling of his dreams,
The Lady of the Lake.
"Heath from the Highlands" by Henry Kendall
From the town no goods I bring.
Cool is now the evening;
Show to me the fountain
'Whence thou drinkest,
Woman young and kind!
"The Wanderer" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
She hastens on through sunless gloom
To a vista opening wide;
A marble fountain sparkles there
With sweet flowers by its side.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
And all that I here have treasured
In fountain, and tree, and stone
Will pass to the hands of others,
Whom I have never known.
"The Postern Gate" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

2 fountains on University of Georgia campus are using recycled water.
At 5, he harassed another boy, Mark Morell, for holding up the water fountain line at the Westchester Country Club.
Mad Art's Halsey Taylor pedestal fountain.
The Olympian taped a segment of E.'s "Fashion Police" with the host getting the champ to take a dip in the fountain near THR's offices.
Linda Stewart, an activist who tracks the city's water billing, leans on one of two non-working water fountains in Violetville Park.
Playlist for October 9, 2012 LIVE from Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain II.
City officials say a popular fountain has been put out of service after the rodents gnawed through a power cable, according to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
Poached sheep, stolen fountain, marijuana fight.
Donna Fountain, 38, a home health attendant and single mom, was killed by.
The water in the fountain at LOVE Park was purple - the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Stories of Conquistadors and the Fountain of Youth are what lured Thomas Moran to Florida, but it was the lush landscape and harsh realities that drove his inspiration to paint the area.
Angel Network's Seven Fountains School.
Oprah's Angel Network builds a new school in rural South Africaâ€the new Seven Fountains Primary school .
The new school sits on the grounds of the old rundown Seven Fountains school, which was not adequate for the education of 1000 eager students.
Seven Fountains serves as a model for future schools built in KwaZulu-Natal and throughout Africa.

In science:

LPI-violating signal in the frequency comparison of the two rubidium fountains.
Tests of local position invariance using continuously running atomic clocks
In fact, trying to build a fountain on the basis of this equation was bound to fail.
Hydrodynamic Turbulence: a 19th Century Problem with a challenge for the 21st Century
The favored current model is of fountains of hot ionized material produced by large groups of supernovae.
Galactic Free-free and H-alpha Emission
One would not be surprised that a rising Galactic fountain of hot supernova gas would cool from 106 K to this level.
Galactic Free-free and H-alpha Emission
In essence this model represents just a “clustered Galactic fountain”.
The dynamical signature of the ISM in soft X-rays -- I. Diffuse soft X-rays from galaxies
Therefore, the realization of the second should rely on a single and unperturbed atom, while atomic fountains use samples of about 105 − 106 atoms.
Bayesian inference of a negative quantity from positive measurement results
Its uncertainty is one of the main contributions to the accuracy budget of an atomic fountain.
Bayesian inference of a negative quantity from positive measurement results
It has been demonstrated theoretically and experimentally that, if a fountain is operated in a way to make the collision energy high during the whole ballistic flight, the collisional shift has a weak dependance on the atom temperature.
Bayesian inference of a negative quantity from positive measurement results
F = 3, mF = 0i and |F = 4, mF = 0i, as occurs in the fountain operation, the collisional shift has also a negligible dependence on the mixture ratio and it is linearly dependent on density through a negative coefficient.
Bayesian inference of a negative quantity from positive measurement results
An evaluation of the density shift of lower uncertainty is possible by a differential measurement technique: the fountain is operated alternately at high and at low atom densities.
Bayesian inference of a negative quantity from positive measurement results
Table 1 records measurement results, together with their uncertainties, collected during an accuracy evaluation of INRIM fountain IT-CsF1.
Bayesian inference of a negative quantity from positive measurement results
Firstly, by use of the sign information, the density shift of a Cs-fountain primary standard can be estimated within a given uncertainty from a smaller data set.
Bayesian inference of a negative quantity from positive measurement results
Besides, the reduction of the evaluation time is a desirable feature of a Cs fountain.
Bayesian inference of a negative quantity from positive measurement results
Secondly, each measured density coefficient is immediately used to extrapolate the fountain frequency to zero density.
Bayesian inference of a negative quantity from positive measurement results
Abstract —This paper deals with Fountain codes, and especially with their encoding matrices, which are required here to be invertible. A result is stated that an encoding matrix induces a permutation.
Fountain Codes and Invertible Matrices