water spout

waterspout

[waw-ter-spout, wot-er-]
noun
1.
Also called rainspout. a pipe running down the side of a house or other building to carry away water from the gutter of the roof.
2.
a spout, duct, or the like, from which water is discharged.
3.
a funnel-shaped or tubular portion of a cloud over the ocean or other body of water that, laden with mist and spray, resembles a solid column of water reaching upward to the cloud from which it hangs. Compare tornado ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1350–1400; 1730–40 for def 3; Middle English; see water, spout

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waterspout (ˈwɔːtəˌspaʊt)
 
n
1.  meteorol
 a.  a tornado occurring over water that forms a column of water and mist extending between the surface and the clouds above
 b.  a sudden downpour of heavy rain
2.  a pipe or channel through which water is discharged, esp one used for drainage from the gutters of a roof

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waterspout
late 14c., "drainpipe," from water (n.1) + spout. Meaning "whirlwind on open water" is recorded from 1738.
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