waterspout
noun Date: 14th century 1. a pipe, duct, or orifice from which water is spouted or through which it is carried 2. a funnel-shaped or tubular column of rotating cloud-filled wind usually extending from the underside of a cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud down to a cloud of spray torn up by the whirling winds from the surface of an ocean or lake

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  • Waterspout — Wa ter*spout , n. A remarkable meteorological phenomenon, of the nature of a tornado or whirlwind, usually observed over the sea, but sometimes over the land. [1913 Webster] Note: Tall columns, apparently of cloud, and reaching from the sea to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waterspout — late 14c., drainpipe, from WATER (Cf. water) (n.1) + SPOUT (Cf. spout). Meaning whirlwind on open water is recorded from 1738 …   Etymology dictionary

  • waterspout — *whirlwind, cyclone, typhoon, hurricane, tornado, twister …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • waterspout — ► NOUN ▪ a rotating column of water and spray formed by a whirlwind occurring over the sea or other body of water …   English terms dictionary

  • waterspout — [wôt′ərspout΄] n. 1. a hole, pipe, or spout from which water runs 2. a) a whirling funnel shaped or tubelike column of air full of spray occurring over water, usually in tropical areas, often comparable in intensity to a dust devil b) Rare a… …   English World dictionary

  • Waterspout — A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water and is connected to a cumuliform cloud. In the common form, it is a nonsupercell tornado over water, and brings the water… …   Wikipedia

  • waterspout — /waw teuhr spowt , wot euhr /, n. 1. Also called rainspout. a pipe running down the side of a house or other building to carry away water from the gutter of the roof. 2. a spout, duct, or the like, from which water is discharged. 3. a funnel… …   Universalium

  • waterspout — vandens viesulas statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Stiprus, nedidelį plotą apimantis oro sūkurys su beveik vertikalia ašimi virš jūrų ir vandenų. atitikmenys: angl. waterspout vok. Wasserhose, f rus. водяной смерч, m …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • waterspout — noun a) a tornado that occurs over a body of water b) a channel through which water is discharged, especially from the gutters of a roof …   Wiktionary

  • waterspout — Synonyms and related words: baguio, beak, brash, burst of rain, cloudburst, cyclone, deluge, downfall, downflow, downpour, downspout, drencher, dust devil, flood, gargoyle, gushing rain, heavy rain, plash, pour, rainburst, rainspout, rainstorm,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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