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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
Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.
Placed in drinking water, fluoride can serve people who otherwise have poor access to dental care.
Added to drinking water at concentrations of around one part per million, fluoride ions stick to dental plaque.
Early on, the sexual protagonist complains that her Molson-drinking husband is pretty much an incompetent Neanderthal.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Nobody ever says they want to become a cop so they can bust people for urinating in public or drinking alcohol on their stoop.
At Buffalo, where this fountain was exhibited, it received honorable mention.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
John was baptizing at a large pool called Ænon-by-Saleim,—probably allegorical, meaning “Fountain of Repose.”Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
Outside the hotel he came upon the two sisters sitting on a bench and drinking coffee.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
A clock was put above the spot where the fountain stood, in April, 1852, which cost £60.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
In the centre of many of the rooms there played a small fountain; in others there were four, one in each angle.