[ waw-ter-spout, wot-er- ]
/ 藞w蓴 t蓹r藢spa蕣t, 藞w蓲t 蓹r- /
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Also called rain路spout [reyn-spout] /藞re瑟n藢spa蕣t/ . a pipe running down the side of a building to carry away water from the gutter of the roof: Don鈥檛 expect the waterspouts to function effectively if the gutters are clogged with leaves and other debris.
a spout, duct, or the like, from which water is discharged: The extendable waterspout can be attached to a bucket, making a better watering can than any that we鈥檝e tried.
Meteorology.Also called fair-weath路er wa路ter路spout [fair-weth-er] /藞f蓻蓹r藢w蓻冒 蓹r/ . a funnel-shaped column laden with mist and spray that develops on the surface of a body of water and climbs upward to the cloud that has spawned it: usually formed during conditions of light winds, fair-weather waterspouts have little lateral movement and are not normally accompanied by thunderstorms.
Meteorology.Also called tor路na路dic wa路ter路spout [tawr-nad-ik] /t蓴r藞n忙d 瑟k/ . a tornado that forms in a downward direction over a body of water, typically during a severe thunderstorm and often accompanied by high winds, dangerous water turbulence, and large hail: although tornadic waterspouts tend to dissipate rapidly upon landfall, they may occasionally move inland.
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Origin of waterspout

First recorded in 1350鈥1400 and in 1730鈥40 for defs. 3, 4; Middle English; see water, spout
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British Dictionary definitions for waterspout

/ (藞w蓴藧t蓹藢spa蕣t) /

  1. a tornado occurring over water that forms a column of water and mist extending between the surface and the clouds above
  2. 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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