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[gahy-zer, -ser for 1, 3; gee-zer for 2] /ˈgaɪ zər, -sər for 1, 3; ˈgi zər for 2/
a hot spring that intermittently sends up fountainlike jets of water and steam into the air.
British Informal. a hot-water heater, as for a bath.
verb (used without object)
to spew forth as or like a geyser:
the kettle geysering all over the stove.
1755-65; < Icelandic Geysir name of a hot spring in Iceland, literally, gusher, derivative of geysa to gush
Related forms
geyseral, geyseric, adjective
Can be confused
caldera, fumarole, geyser, volcano. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for geysers
  • The geysers that turn the generators are merely the gentlest manifestations of this volcanism.
  • geysers may occasionally erupt, shooting plumes of gas and ice many kilometers above the surface.
  • These devices don't tap into geysers or volcanic hotspots.
  • The result would be hydrogen geysers that erupt from time to time on the planet's surface.
  • At all the formations where the geysers are, the ground was bare over a large area.
  • geysers are generally found in volcanic regions and ultimately the heat will often derive from deeper magma bodies.
  • And near the end, the film abandons comedy altogether, going for geysers of blood and constant shrieks.
  • geysers from hundreds of hose lines roared and fizzled.
  • Hydrothermal vents are geysers located on the ocean floor in the deep sea.
  • geysers erupt because volcanic rock heats the water underground.
British Dictionary definitions for geysers


/ˈɡiːzə; US ˈɡaɪzər/
a spring that discharges steam and hot water
(Brit) a domestic gas water heater
Word Origin
C18: from Icelandic Geysir, from Old Norse geysa to gush
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Word Origin and History for geysers



1780, from Icelandic Geysir, name of a hot spring in the valley of Haukadal, literally "the gusher," from Old Norse geysa "to gush," from Proto-Germanic *gausjan, from PIE *gheus-, from root *gheu- "to pour" (see found (v.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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geysers in Science
A natural hot spring that regularly ejects a spray of steam and boiling water into the air.
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