- 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."Judea, the fountain of the gospel." [Fuller.]"Author of all being, Fountain of light, thyself invisible." [Milton.]
Etymology: F. fontaine, LL. fontana, fr. L. fons fontis. See 2d Fount