American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A natural hot spring that intermittently ejects a column of water and steam into the air.
- n. Chiefly British A gas-operated hot-water heater.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spouting hot spring; a hot spring which projects water, either periodically or irregularly, to some height in the air. The Great Geyser of Iceland has been long known, and has given the name to phenomena of this character. This geyser spouts very irregularly, and sometimes throws a large volume of water to a height of nearly 100 feet. The height of the column is probably diminishing, as some old estimates make it much greater. There are numerous geysers in the Yellowstone region of the United States, some of which throw water to an elevation of 200 feet or more, and also on the North Island of New Zealand; and in the Napa valley of California are boiling springs that have been improperly called geysers. (See
boiling spring, under boiling.) The true theory of the action of the Great Geyser of Iceland, and hence of geysers in general, was first established by Bunsen. The ejection of the water is caused by explosive action, due to the heating of the water, under pressure, in the lower part of the geyser-tube, to considerably above the boiling-point. The heated water acquires after a time elastic force sufficient to overcome the weight of the superincumbent water; and the relief from compression during the ascent is so great that steam is generated rapidly, and to such an amount as to eject violently from the tube a great quantity of the water.
- n. A gas-burning apparatus attached to a bath for the purpose of heating water for the bath.
- n. planetology, geology, volcanology A boiling natural spring which throws forth at frequent intervals jets of water, mud etc., driven up by the expansive power of steam.
- n. UK, archaic An instantaneous, and often dangerous, hot water heater using hot steam.
- n. South Africa A domestic water boiler.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A boiling spring which throws forth at frequent intervals jets of water, mud, etc., driven up by the expansive power of steam.
- n. a spring that discharges hot water and steam
- v. to overflow like a geyser
- From around 1755-1765, from the Icelandic proper name Geysir, which means and is the name of a hot spring in Iceland (Geysir’s English Wikipedia article). The word geysir literally means gusher, derived from the Icelandic verb geysa ("to gush"), descended from Old Norse geysa ("to gush"). (Wiktionary)
- After Icelandic Geysir, name of a hot spring of southwest Iceland, from geysa, to gush, from Old Norse. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Golden Circle is located in southwest Iceland and incorporates three main sights: Thingvellir National Park, a site of spectacular natural beauty where Iceland's ancient parliament convened and where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet; the high-temperature geothermal area that most people know as Geysir, on account of its best-known hot spring, from which the word "geyser" derives; and the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall.”
“Geysir" (from which the English word geyser is derived), erupts every 5-10 minutes”
“Its hissing and spitting natural geyser is located seven kilometers southeast of the former Jalisco hacienda of El Carmen.”
Trees, shadows, steam and the rays of the early morning sun combine to cast an eerie spell over the hot river of Los Hervores. Its hissing and spitting natural geyser is located seven kilometers southeast of the former Jalisco hacienda of El Carmen. © John Pint, 2009
“The name geyser comes from Geysir, the name of an erupting spring at Haukadalur, Iceland; that name, in turn, comes from the Icelandic verb gj�sa, \'to gush\ '.”
“One of them looked at the sign that labels the geyser and blurted out "it's the Great Geezer!”
“LA should name geyser resulting from yet another watermain break in the valley after the mayor--"Old Unfaithful”
“I think that a geyser is a good example. jerrym replied to comment from eric”
“Her press releases informed that the geyser was a "temporary public artwork" by Clement Price-Thomas, titled Whilst you're Sleeping.”
“Inside the closet behind the geyser was the perfect place for storing our contraband.”
“The prevalent idea of a geyser is a hot fountain, sometimes quiescent, but at others rising in turbulent eruption.”
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