- Also called rainspout. a pipe running down the side of a house or other building to carry away water from the gutter of the roof.
- a spout, duct, or the like, from which water is discharged.
- a funnel-shaped or tubular portion of a cloud over the ocean or other body of water that, laden with mist and spray, resembles a solid column of water reaching upward to the cloud from which it hangs.Compare tornado(def 1).
Origin of waterspout
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Examples from the Web for waterspout
One night in the summer of 1749, a waterspout appeared in the Mediterranean Sea just off the coast of Italy.
The Hebrew word for “waterspout,” as used in the book of Psalms, could also be translated as “waterfall.”
Summoned to investigate the waterspout, Father Ruder set to work at once.
This demon was a waterspout, and waterspouts in China are attributed to the battles of dragons.Storyology
They say to hit the waterspout in the centre where it joins the other from below will disperse it.Standish of Standish
Jane G. Austin
Look, if there are not a number of dead fish which the waterspout must have sucked up.Picked up at Sea
As for the night, instead of a drizzle he would have welcomed a waterspout.The Rough Road
William John Locke
The ship was lowered about a hundred feet away from the waterspout.Five Thousand Miles Underground
- a tornado occurring over water that forms a column of water and mist extending between the surface and the clouds above
- a sudden downpour of heavy rain
- a pipe or channel through which water is discharged, esp one used for drainage from the gutters of a roof
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Word Origin and History for waterspout
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