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fount1

[fount] /faʊnt/
noun
1.
a spring of water; fountain.
2.
a source or origin:
a fount of inspiration to his congregation.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; short for fountain

fount2

[fount, font] /faʊnt, fɒnt/
noun, British Printing.
1.
font2 .
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  • Have traced the fount whence streams of nectar flow.
  • When the chain reaches the water, it throws back a clear, arcing fount as thick as my thumb.
  • The award of honours in exchange for donations to royal causes made the monarchy the predominant fount of charity.
  • It is an indispensable fount of liquidity for world trade.
  • Patients had found the fount of unlimited care, and doctors and hospitals had discovered a pot of gold.
  • His pergolas and fount ains dazzle with their glistening mesh aluminum.
  • Incorporate public art or other elements such as fount ains, which express neighborhood character.
British Dictionary definitions for fount

fount1

/faʊnt/
noun
1.
(poetic) a spring or fountain
2.
source or origin
Word Origin
C16: back formation from fountain

fount2

/faʊnt; fɒnt/
noun
1.
(printing) another word for font2
Word Origin
C16: from Old French fonte a founding, casting, from Vulgar Latin funditus (unattested) a casting, from Latin fundere to melt; see found³
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Word Origin and History for fount
n.

mid-15c., probably a shortening of fountain, influenced by Middle French font "fount."

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