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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 foun·tain /ˈfaʊntṇ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Foun·tain n.
 1. A spring of water issuing from the earth.
 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.
 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.
 4. The source from which anything proceeds, or from which anything is supplied continuously; origin; source.
    Judea, the fountain of the gospel.   --Fuller.
 Author of all being,
 Fountain of light, thyself invisible.   --Milton.
 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 Zool., 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a structure from which an artificially produced jet of water
      2: a natural flow of ground water [syn: spring, outflow, outpouring,
          natural spring]
      3: an artificially produced flow of water [syn: jet]
      4: a plumbing fixture that provides a flow of water [syn: fount]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    (Heb. 'ain; i.e., "eye" of the water desert), a natural source
    of living water. Palestine was a "land of brooks of water, of
    fountains, and depths that spring out of valleys and hills"
    (Deut. 8:7; 11:11).
      These fountains, bright sparkling "eyes" of the desert, are
    remarkable for their abundance and their beauty, especially on
    the west of Jordan. All the perennial rivers and streams of the
    country are supplied from fountains, and depend comparatively
    little on surface water. "Palestine is a country of mountains
    and hills, and it abounds in fountains of water. The murmur of
    these waters is heard in every dell, and the luxuriant foliage
    which surrounds them is seen in every plain." Besides its
    rain-water, its cisterns and fountains, Jerusalem had also an
    abundant supply of water in the magnificent reservoir called
    "Solomon's Pools" (q.v.), at the head of the Urtas valley,
    whence it was conveyed to the city by subterrean channels some
    10 miles in length. These have all been long ago destroyed, so
    that no water from the "Pools" now reaches Jerusalem. Only one
    fountain has been discovered at Jerusalem, the so-called
    "Virgins's Fountains," in the valley of Kidron; and only one
    well (Heb. beer), the Bir Eyub, also in the valley of Kidron,
    south of the King's Gardens, which has been dug through the
    solid rock. The inhabitants of Jerusalem are now mainly
    dependent on the winter rains, which they store in cisterns.
    (See WELL.)