waterspouts

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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Waterspouts definition


(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.

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