water fountain


noun

a drinking fountain, water cooler, or other apparatus supplying drinking water.

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What is a water fountain?

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

Water 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 water fountains, but they all generally work by ejecting a jet of water that can be drunk from directly.

Water fountains are also commonly called drinking fountains. Less commonly, water fountain can sometimes be used to refer to a water cooler.

The term water fountain 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 water fountain?

Where does water fountain come from?

The first records of the term water fountain in reference to a drinking fountain come from around the 1700s.

In the U.S., the terms water fountain and drinking 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 water fountain.

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How is water fountain used in real life?

Water 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 water fountain.

Example sentences from the Web for water fountain

  • Within the courtyard two hundred horses neighed and stamped around a water-fountain playing in a bowl of ice and evergreen.

    Master Skylark|John Bennett
  • Once while near the water-fountain I painted in the donkey of a water-carrier.

  • The water-fountain was one of the gathering places of the village.