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fount1

[fount] /faʊnt/
noun
1.
a spring of water; fountain.
2.
a source or origin:
a fount of inspiration to his congregation.
Origin of fount1
1585-1595
1585-95; short for fountain

fount2

[fount, font] /faʊnt, fɒnt/
noun, British Printing.
1.
font2 .
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  • Their joy is such as that of the pasha of a seraglio; they revel with ideas, they get drunk at the founts of intellect.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • The Roman type used by the early Italian printers is, then, the prototype from which all other Roman founts are descended.

    The Art of the Book Bernard H. Newdigate
  • The three Vale Press founts and also the punches and matrices were destroyed when the Press ceased publishing.

    The Art of the Book Bernard H. Newdigate
  • Proctor took as his model the finest of the old Greek founts, which was that used in the Complutensian Polyglot printed in 1514.

    The Art of the Book Bernard H. Newdigate
  • Other Italian printers had founts both of Gothic and of Roman types.

    The Art of the Book Bernard H. Newdigate
  • It was these founts that really inaugurated the new development; and the foundry of the Gebr.

    The Art of the Book Bernard H. Newdigate
  • They had talked together; not much: enough for each to see at either's breast the wells from the founts of life.

  • Blessed with Lauretta's love, all sources and founts of bliss were mine.

    A Secret Inheritance (Volume 1 of 3) B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • The founts of casual adventure had, it seemed, run stone dry; such weather was enough to dry up anything.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for founts

fount1

/faʊnt/
noun
1.
(poetic) a spring or fountain
2.
source or origin
Word Origin
C16: back formation from fountain

fount2

/faʊnt; fɒnt/
noun
1.
(printing) another word for font2
Word Origin
C16: from Old French fonte a founding, casting, from Vulgar Latin funditus (unattested) a casting, from Latin fundere to melt; see found³
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Word Origin and History for founts

fount

n.

mid-15c., probably a shortening of fountain, influenced by Middle French font "fount."

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