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Spout


SPOUT, noun [G., to spit, and spotten is to mock, banter, sport. These are of one family; spout retaining nearly the primary and literal meaning. See Bud and Pout.]

1. A pipe, or a projecting mouth of a vessel, useful in directing the stream of a liquid poured out; as the spout of a pitcher, of a tea pot or water pot.

2. A pipe conducting water from another pipe, or from a trough on a house.

3. A violent discharge of water raised in a column at sea, like a whirlwind, or by a whirlwind. [See Water-spout.]

SPOUT, verb transitive

1. To throw out, as liquids through a narrow orifice or pipe; as, an elephant spouts water from his trunk.

Next on his belly floats the mighty whale--He spouts the tide.

2. To throw out words with affected gravity; to mouth.

SPOUT, verb intransitive To issue with violence, as a liquid through a narrow orifice or from a spout; as, water spouts from a cask or a spring; blood spouts from a vein.

All the glittering hill is bright with spouting rills.