Fountain shell
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 shell — Tridacna Tri*dac na, n. [L., pl., a kind of oysters, fr. Gr. ? eaten at three bites, ? tri + ? to bite.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of very large marine bivalve shells found on the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. One species ({Tridacna… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fountain shell — noun : a king conch (Strombus gigas) sometimes used for a garden ornament * * * fountain shell, a large, spiral sea shell; conch …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fountain heead — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fountain inkstand — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fountain lamp — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fountain pen — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fountain pump — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shell Centre — Shell Centre, in London, United Kingdom is one of the two central offices of oil major Shell (the other is in The Hague). It comprises a skyscraper tower and three nine storey wings (the upstream building ). It also once included a separate… …   Wikipedia

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