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Definition of fountain noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a structure from which water is sent up into the air by a pump, used to decorate parks, etc. see also water fountain
  2. 2a strong flow of liquid or of another substance that is forced into the air The amplifier exploded in a fountain of sparks. The shell exploded, sending a fountain of sand and grit into the air.
  3. 3a rich source or supply of something Tourism is a fountain of wealth for the city.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fountain