Fountain of youth

Fountain of youth
Fountain Foun"tain (foun"t[i^]n), n. [F. fontaine, LL. fontana, fr. L. fons, fontis. See 2d {Fount}.] 1. A spring of water issuing from the earth. [1913 Webster]

2. An artificially produced jet or stream of water; also, the structure or works in which such a jet or stream rises or flows; a basin built and constantly supplied with pure water for drinking and other useful purposes, or for ornament. [1913 Webster]

3. A reservoir or chamber to contain a liquid which can be conducted or drawn off as needed for use; as, the ink fountain in a printing press, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. The source from which anything proceeds, or from which anything is supplied continuously; origin; source. [1913 Webster]

Judea, the fountain of the gospel. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

Author of all being, Fountain of light, thyself invisible. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Air fountain}. See under {Air}.

{Fountain heead}, primary source; original; first principle. --Young.

{Fountain inkstand}, an inkstand having a continual supply of ink, as from elevated reservoir.

{Fountain lamp}, a lamp fed with oil from an elevated reservoir.

{Fountain pen}, a pen with a reservoir in the handle which furnishes a supply of ink.

{Fountain pump}. (a) A structure for a fountain, having the form of a pump. (b) A portable garden pump which throws a jet, for watering plants, etc.

{Fountain shell} (Zo["o]l.), the large West Indian conch shell ({Strombus gigas}).

{Fountain of youth}, a mythical fountain whose waters were fabled to have the property of renewing youth. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Fountain of Youth — n. a legendary spring supposed to restore the health and youth of anyone who drinks from it: it was sought in America by Ponce de León and other explorers …   English World dictionary

  • Fountain of Youth — Fountain of Youth, the in old stories, a flow of water which was supposed to make anyone who drank from it stay young for ever …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Fountain of Youth — The Fountain of Youth is a legendary spring that reputedly restores the youth of anyone who drinks of its waters. Florida is often said to be its location, and stories of the fountain are some of the most persistent associated with the state. The …   Wikipedia

  • Fountain of Youth — noun a fountain described in folk tales as able to make people young again Ponce de Leon discovered Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth • Hypernyms: ↑spring, ↑fountain, ↑outflow, ↑outpouring, ↑natural spring * * * a fabled spring… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fountain of youth — noun Anything reputed to have the power to restore health and vitality or to restore a youthful appearance. Just watching the advertisement, youd think the face cream was a fountain of youth …   Wiktionary

  • Fountain of Youth — Foun′tain of Youth′ n. amh. a fabled spring whose waters were supposed to restore health and youth, sought in the Bahamas and Florida by Ponce de León and others …   From formal English to slang

  • Fountain of Youth — a fabled spring whose waters were supposed to restore health and youth, sought in the Bahamas and Florida by Ponce de León, Narváez, De Soto, and others. * * * …   Universalium

  • Fountain of Youth — noun Legendary spring of water with magical properties to restore youth and health to those who drink from it …   Wiktionary

  • fountain of youth — mythical spring whose water was believed to cure ills and renew youth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Fountain of Youth — noun a mythical spring, sought in the Bahama Islands and Florida by Ponce de León, Narváez, De Soto, and others. The indigenous people of Central America believed that it was to the north, and that its waters would cure ills and renew youth …   Australian English dictionary

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