• Man's Waterspout. A Derelict's End
    Man's Waterspout. A Derelict's End
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n waterspout a channel through which water is discharged (especially one used for drainage from the gutters of a roof)
    • n waterspout a heavy rain
    • n waterspout a tornado passing over water and picking up a column of water and mist
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Waterspout A remarkable meteorological phenomenon, of the nature of a tornado or whirlwind, usually observed over the sea, but sometimes over the land.☞ Tall columns, apparently of cloud, and reaching from the sea to the clouds, are seen moving along, often several at once, sometimes straight and vertical, at other times inclined and tortuous, but always in rapid rotation. At their bases, the sea is violently agitated and heaped up with a leaping or boiling motion, water, at least in some cases, being actually carried up in considerable quantity, and scattered round from a great height, as solid bodies are by tornadoes on land. Sir J. Herschel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n waterspout A pipe, nozle, or orifice from which water is spouted.
    • n waterspout A spout, jet, or column of water; specifically, a whirlwind over a body of water, producing the appearance of a solid column of water extending from the surface to the clouds. In reality, however, the phenomenon that is seen is the cloud brought down to the earth's surface by the rapid gyratory motion of a vertical whirl, and it consists simply of fine mist surrounding a central axis of rarefaction. At first the cloud has the form of a tapering funnel; then, descending to near the water's surface, it draws up the water for a distance into its vortex, and imparts to it its whirling motion. The spout is then complete, and appears as an immense column connecting sea and cloud, light in color near the center, but dark along the sides. Like other whirlwinds, the waterspout has a progressive as well as a rotary motion, its axis sometimes being inclined forward in the direction of advance. After continuing a short time, generally less than twenty minutes, the column is disunited, the lower part descending as rain, while the upper part is drawn back into the clouds. The height of the spout depends upon the hygrometric state of the air; iu general it is between 800 and 2,500 feet. It is common for a number of waterspouts to be seen simultaneously or successively; and this is to be expected, for a series of separate and independent gyrations are likely to arise when the air is in a state of instability, such as is required for the development of these whirlwinds. This is especially the case in tropical and equatorial regions, where waterspouts are most frequent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Waterspout a pipe from which water spouts: a moving spout or column of water, often seen at sea, and sometimes on land
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wæter; Dut. water, Ger. wasser; Gr. hydōr, L. udus, wet, unda, a wave, Sans. udan, water.


In literature:

As the first came near he fired, and down fell the waterspout with a rushing sound into the ocean.
"Voyages and Travels of Count Funnibos and Baron Stilkin" by William H. G. Kingston
Simultaneously followed the flashing of lightning, the rolling of thunder, and a deluge of rain like the bursting of a waterspout.
"Gryll Grange" by Thomas Love Peacock
This was caused by the latest waterspout choosing to cut the road instead of follow it.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
We used often to see waterspouts in the sea.
"The Coral Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
Blood flew out like a waterspout.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
When whirlwinds pass from the land to the sea they create waterspouts; of which we shall have something to say in another chapter.
"The Ocean and its Wonders" by R.M. Ballantyne
Suddenly a frightful sound was heard; a genuine waterspout fell upon deck, heaved up by an enormous wave.
"The English at the North Pole" by Jules Verne
Columns like waterspouts hurled themselves across and over the reeling destroyer.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
Soon after sailing, while becalmed, two or three waterspouts were seen, which seemed terrible, as it was impossible to get out of their way.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
But they boiled about the waterspouts and the roaring sound increased rapidly.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster

In poetry:

Over it and about
Men's footsteps beat, and wind and waterspout,
Until the names, aforetime gnawed by weathers,
Were quite worn out.
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Waterspout near Cobb Island in Charles County, Md.
Waterspouts are tornadoes over water.
That makes this a unique "double landfall" waterspout /tornado.
Joanne Pellegrino/For The Star-Ledger Waterspouts were spotted during intense storms near Island Beach State Park in this 2008 file photo.
A waterspout was seen Tuesday around the Great Bay between Atlantic and Ocean counties.
Courtesy photo Derek Dennis Waterspouts formed over Lake Michigan in the Holland area during a storm on July 27, 2012.
HOLLAND, MI — This week's forecast is cloudy with a chance of waterspouts .
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Reports of additional waterspouts in Brunswick county did not yield any touchdowns.
Just before 11 am Monday morning, a large thunderstorm produced a waterspout over western Lake Pontchartrain.
Huge waterspout forms in Australia.
Waterspout on Lake Michigan.
Giant Australian waterspout becomes Internet hit.
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Waterspout travels down the york river.