spouting

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English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

spouting (not comparable)

  1. (of a liquid) That is propelled in a narrow stream or jet.

Noun[edit]

spouting (plural spoutings)

  1. The process or result of something being spouted; that which is spouted.
    Spoutings of lava shot from the crest of the volcano.
    The spoutings of a large whale can be seen from a great distance.
    • 1804, The Boiling Water-Spouts of Iceland, R. S. Kirby (editor), Kirby′s Wonderful and Scientific Museum, Volume 2, page 85,
      After these spoutings, the great Geyser remained quiet the whole night ; the water in the meanwhile rose gradually, and the bason was filled about four in the morning.
    • 2002 February, Bob Sillery, How it Works: Old Faithful, Popular Science, page 83,
      The average interval between its spoutings is 78 minutes.
    • 2005, Joseph Frank, 5: Spatial Form in Modern Literature, Michael J. Hoffman, Patrick D. Murphy (editors), Essentials of the Theory of Fiction, page 70,
      Saint-Loup, for another thing, is by way of being a family black sheep: seemingly uninterested in social success, a devoted student of Nietzsche and Proudhon, we are told that his head was full of “socialistic spoutings,” and that he was “imbued with the most prgound contempt for his caste.”
  2. (Australia, New Zealand) A gutter under the eaves of a building; guttering.
    The spouting was filled with leaves and needed cleaning.
    • 1984, R. J. Willson, Building Your Own House: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to the New Zealand Timber Framed House, page 212,
      These items will include:
      galvanised-steel spoutings and downpipes — if used [] .
    • 2002, Brenda Niall, The Boyds, 2007, Melbourne University Press, page 207,
      The old house, neglected for so many years, needed painting and repairs: the roof leaked and the spoutings had rusted.
    • 2003, Russell Stewart, The Dolphin, Trafford Publishing, Canada, page 9,
      Water trickles away from gutterings and down spoutings into the big water tank at the back of the house.