from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tornado or lesser whirlwind occurring over water and resulting in a funnel-shaped whirling column of air and spray.
- n. A hole or pipe from which water is discharged.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a tornado that occurs over a body of water
- n. a channel through which water is discharged, especially from the gutters of a roof
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A remarkable meteorological phenomenon, of the nature of a tornado or whirlwind, usually observed over the sea, but sometimes over the land.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pipe, nozle, or orifice from which water is spouted.
- n. A spout, jet, or column of water; specifically, a whirlwind over a body of water, producing the appearance of a solid column of water extending from the surface to the clouds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a tornado passing over water and picking up a column of water and mist
- n. a channel through which water is discharged (especially one used for drainage from the gutters of a roof)
- n. a heavy rain
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"But you called a waterspout when those ships came after us."
A waterspout is a small tornado that forms over water drawing water upwards to a larger storm cloud.
Hard to see in the picture, I know, but that is a waterspout, which is an-above water tornado.
The lightning's flash may strike a ship when far away from port, upon the trackless deep, or the sudden bursting of a particular kind of cloud, called a waterspout, may overwhelm her, and none be left to tell her fate.
A waterspout is a whirling body of water, which rises from the sea like a sharp-pointed pillar.
A waterspout is a piece of a cloud hanging down in a sloping direction, sometimes bending like a bow, but never perpendicular.
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A waterspout is a micro-scale tornado resembling a funnel-shaped cloud that stays concentrated over a body of water and causes the water to shoot upwards.
Now suppose that, in today's world, we had a weak Tropical Depression in which a convective cell produced a small vortex say a waterspout which is not uncommon under these conditions.
Tuesday: The first thing I heard on Tuesday morning was the "waterspout" behind a house in the Marymount area of Goleta, they did say "Tornado."
"waterspout," by the meeting of winds upon the converging edge of our bowl of highlands.