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n. A spring of water issuing from the earth. 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. 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. The source from which anything proceeds, or from which anything is supplied continuously; origin; source. Air fountain. See under Air.

 - Fountain head, primary source; original; first principle.

 - 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 (Zool.), the large West Indian conch shell.


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