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waterspout

[waw-ter-spout, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌspaʊt, ˈwɒt ər-/
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
1350-1400; 1730-40 for def 3; Middle English; see water, spout
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British Dictionary definitions for waterspouts

waterspout

/ˈwɔːtəˌspaʊt/
noun
1.
(meteorol)
  1. a tornado occurring over water that forms a column of water and mist extending between the surface and the clouds above
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for waterspouts

waterspout

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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waterspouts in the Bible

(Ps. 42:7; marg. R.V., "cataracts"). If we regard this psalm as descriptive of David's feelings when banished from Jerusalem by the revolt of Absalom, this word may denote "waterfalls," inasmuch as Mahanaim, where he abode, was near the Jabbok, and the region abounded with rapids and falls.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for waterspouts

waterspout

a small-diameter column of rapidly swirling air in contact with a water surface. Waterspouts are almost always produced by a swiftly growing cumulus cloud. They may assume many shapes and often occur in a series, called a waterspout family, produced by the same upward-moving air current. Waterspouts are closely related to other atmospheric phenomena such as tornadoes, whirlwinds, and fire storms.

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