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fount1

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noun
  1. a spring of water; fountain.
  2. a source or origin: a fount of inspiration to his congregation.

Origin of fount1

First recorded in 1585–95; short for fountain

fount2

[fount, font]
noun British Printing.
  1. font2.
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  • Other Italian printers had founts both of Gothic and of Roman types.

    The Art of the Book

    Bernard H. Newdigate

  • Tears are spray from founts not deep-- My heart lies in frozen sleep.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for founts

fount1

noun
  1. poetic a spring or fountain
  2. source or origin

Word Origin

C16: back formation from fountain

fount2

noun
  1. printing another word for font 2

Word Origin

C16: from Old French fonte a founding, casting, from Vulgar Latin funditus (unattested) a casting, from Latin fundere to melt; see found ³
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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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