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Origin of drinking fountain
Words nearby drinking fountain
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.
— Cabinteely Life (@CabinteelyLife) September 6, 2018
Me: I need a drink from the drinking fountain
Wisconsin native: you mean bubbler
Me: can we not do this
— j i l l i a n (@JillianJones8) October 14, 2013
if you drink from the drinking fountain WITHOUT slurping then YOU’RE the weird one
— The Palmer Squares (@PalmerSquares) May 6, 2018
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Is drinking fountain used correctly in the following sentence?
The kids love to go swimming in the drinking fountain.
Example sentences from the Web for drinking fountain
This is merely a spring-house covering the artesian well that supplies the drinking-fountain in the village.Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney|Geraldine Edith Mitton
Michael wandered along to a drinking-fountain to which, access had often been forbidden.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
A death is a sort of drinking-fountain for an unimagined crowd of thirsty mortals.Cousin Pons|Honore de Balzac
The monument, in the street without, is in the form of a drinking-fountain, with a statue of the little dog on the top.Our Little Scotch Cousin|Blanche McManus
In some places a drinking-fountain stands where once the cross stood.Social Life in England Through the Centuries|H. R. Wilton Hall