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drinking fountain

a water fountain that ejects a jet of water for drinking without a cup.
Origin of drinking fountain
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A death is a sort of drinking-fountain for an unimagined crowd of thirsty mortals.

    Cousin Pons Honore de Balzac
  • Here is the well, the drinking-fountain, the washing-trough, and the wardrobe.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • Michael wandered along to a drinking-fountain to which, access had often been forbidden.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • The cross was rebuilt in 1441, and combined with a drinking-fountain.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • The monument, in the street without, is in the form of a drinking-fountain, with a statue of the little dog on the top.

    Our Little Scotch Cousin Blanche McManus
  • This is merely a spring-house covering the artesian well that supplies the drinking-fountain in the village.

    Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • In some places a drinking-fountain stands where once the cross stood.

  • McDowell Sutro saw one of them go to the drinking-fountain and wash his hands and face.

  • And running to a drinking-fountain near by, he filled his basin with water and hurried back to bathe his friend's face.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for drinking-fountain

drinking fountain

a device for providing a flow or jet of drinking water, usually in public places
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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