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Meaning of waterspout

wa•ter•spout

Pronunciation: (wô'tur-spout", wot'ur-), [key]
— n.
  1. Also calleda 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-shaped or tubular portion of a cloud over the ocean or other body of water that, laden with mist and spray, resembles a solid column of water reaching upward to the cloud from which it hangs. Cf.(def. 1).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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