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noun

a water fountain that ejects a jet of water for drinking without a cup.

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Origin of drinking fountain

First recorded in 1855–60
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What is a drinking fountain?

A drinking fountain is a device that ejects a fountainlike stream of water that can be drunk from without a cup.

Drinking fountains are often for public use—they provide access to drinking water in places like government buildings, schools, and parks.

There are many different designs for drinking fountains, but they all generally work by ejecting a jet of water that can be drunk from directly.

Drinking fountains are also commonly called water fountains, which should not be confused with the kind of fountain that’s mainly for decoration, such as in city plazas, though of course such fountains also use water (but not for drinking).

Example: Why would I buy a bottle of water from the vending machine when I could just fill up my water bottle for free from the drinking fountain?

Where does drinking fountain come from?

The first records of the term drinking fountain come from the mid-1800s.

In the U.S., the terms drinking fountain and water fountain are both commonly used. In a few areas, though, including Wisconsin and parts of New England, people use the regional term bubbler to refer to a drinking fountain.

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How is drinking fountain used in real life?

Drinking fountains are commonly found in public places, especially large office buildings, schools, and parks.

 

 

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The kids love to go swimming in the drinking fountain.

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British Dictionary definitions for drinking fountain

drinking fountain

noun

a device for providing a flow or jet of drinking water, usually in public places
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