Origin of fountain
Examples from the Web for fountain
Terry Chung, an expert on fluidics and fountain systems, led the engineering of the mechanical systems.
He wandered into Fountain City, a suburb of Knoxville, where he fended for himself.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life|Paul Hemphill|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A few of those community leaders invited Scopes to the drugstore, bought him a fountain drink, and convinced him to stand trial.The Scopes Monkey Trial 2.0: It’s Not About the Stupid Science-Deniers|Michael Schulson|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Depending on who you ask, cardio exercise is either the fountain of youth or the ticket to an early grave.
After touching the glass of the fountain to ensure it's cold enough, Cuco prepares my drink with spoon and sugar.
Anath signified the fountain of light, and was abbreviated Nath and Neith by the Egyptians.
He found a walnut shell out of which the water was spouting as from a fountain.The Book of Stories for the Storyteller|Fanny E. Coe
My fountain, which, as it flows from the mountain-side, is overshadowed by a many-covered grotto with its wide circle.
But later on he opened up the fountain of rage in his heart.Dangerous Days|Mary Roberts Rinehart
Thus the sun is at once the great regulator of the planetary motions, and the fountain of light and heat.Letters on Astronomy|Denison Olmsted
British Dictionary definitions for fountain
Word Origin for fountain
Word Origin and History for fountain
early 15c., "spring of water that collects in a pool," from Old French fontaine "natural spring" (12c.), from Late Latin fontana "fountain, spring" (source of Spanish and Italian fontana), from noun use of fem. of Latin fontanus "of a spring," from fons (genitive fontis) "spring (of water);" cognate with Sanskrit dhanvati "flows, runs."
The extended sense of "artificial jet of water" (and the structures that make them) is first recorded c.1500. "A French fountain-pen is described in 1658 and Miss Burney used one in 1789" [Weekley].