fount vs fountain what difference

what is difference between fount and fountain

English

Etymology 1

Shortening of fountain

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -aʊnt

Noun

fount (plural founts)

  1. Something from which water flows.
  2. A device from which poultry may drink.
  3. (figuratively) That from which something flows or proceeds; a source.
    He is a real fount of knowledge!
Synonyms
  • font
  • fountain
  • (device from which animals drink): waterer
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle French fonte, feminine past participle of verb fondre (to melt).

Alternative forms

  • font

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fɒnt/
  • Homophone: font

Noun

fount (plural founts)

  1. (typography, Britain, dated) A typographic font.

References

  • “fount” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Bringhurst, Robert (2002). The Elements of Typographic Style, version 2.5, pp 291–2. Vancouver, Hartley & Marks. →ISBN.
  • “fount”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

Anagrams

  • FUTON, futon

Occitan

Noun

fount f (plural founts)

  1. spring, fountain


English

Etymology

From Middle English [Term?]; from Old French fontaine (whence modern fontaine); from Late Latin fontana, from Latin fontanus, fontaneus, adjectives from fons (source, spring).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfaʊn.tn̩/
  • (US) IPA(key): [ˈfaʊn.ʔn̩]

Noun

fountain (plural fountains)

  1. (originally) A natural source of water; a spring.
  2. An artificial, usually ornamental, water feature (usually in a garden or public place) consisting of one or more streams of water originating from a statue or other structure.
  3. The structure from which an artificial fountain can issue.
  4. A reservoir from which liquid can be drawn.
  5. A source or origin of a flow (e.g., of favors or knowledge).
    • 1700, Tom Brown, Amusements Serious and Comical, calculated for the Meridian of London, page 5:
      Nothing will pleaſe ſome Men, but Books ſtuff’d with Antiquity, groaning under the weight of Learned Quotations drawn from the Fountains: And what is all this but Pilfering.
  6. (heraldry) A roundel barry wavy argent and azure.
  7. (juggling) A juggling pattern typically done with an even number of props where each prop is caught by the same hand that throws it.
  8. (US) A soda fountain.
    • 2014, Danielle Sarver Coombs, ‎Bob Batchelor, We Are What We Sell: How Advertising Shapes American Life… and Always Has (page 222)
      He takes out a soup bowl, fills it with Pepsi from the fountain, and places it carefully on the counter in front of the boy. “That’ll be a quarter,” he says professionally.
  9. (US) A drink poured from a soda fountain, or the cup it is poured into.
  10. A ground-based firework that projects sparks similar to a water fountain.
  11. (figurative) Anything that resembles a fountain in operation.

Synonyms

  • fount
  • wellspring
  • (heraldry) syke

Derived terms

Related terms

  • font

Translations

Verb

fountain (third-person singular simple present fountains, present participle fountaining, simple past and past participle fountained)

  1. (intransitive) To flow or gush as if from a fountain.
    • 1978, Tom Reamy, Blind Voices
      The fireflies swept toward him from all directions, in streams and rivers and currents of light, a vortex a hundred yards across, spiraling into the brighter center. They met over his supine body like ocean breakers, cascading, fountaining into the air.

Translations

References

Further reading

  • fountain on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • infonaut

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