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[doun-spout] /ˈdaʊnˌspaʊt/
a pipe for conveying rain water from a roof or gutter to the ground or to a drain.
Also called drainspout; British, downpipe.
Origin of downspout
1895-1900; down1 + spout Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Changing the flow of the downspout is one way to conserve rainwater.
  • They often are positioned at the bottom of a downspout to capture the water from gutters.
  • Attach a barrel to your downspout that will collect rain from your roof's eaves.
  • The top elbow of the downspout on this house has slipped off of the gutter outlet tube.
  • Adding a self-cleaning downspout screen or gutter filter above it will keep leaves from clogging the inlet screen.
  • Tracks may appear as smudge marks on the side of a house where a raccoon shimmies up and down a downspout or utility pipe.
  • The northeast corner of the apartment complex had a downspout running from the roof of the building to the ground below.
  • Place the downspout into the top of the first barrel and multiple barrels can be filled in this manor.
  • Homeowner education should emphasize the suitable discharge of site drainage including downspout discharge.
  • Simply direct the roof runoff from a downspout into the rain barrel.
British Dictionary definitions for downspout


(US & Canadian) a pipe for carrying rainwater from a roof gutter to the ground or to a drain Also called drainpipe, (in Britain and certain other countries) downpipe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for downspout

1896, from down (adv.) + spout (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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