from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A spring that is the source or head of a stream.
  • n. A chief and copious source; an originator: "the intellectual fountainhead of the black conservatives” ( Jerrold K. Footlick).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a spring that is the source of a river
  • n. an abundant source of knowledge, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an abundant source.
  • n. the source of water from which a stream arises.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fountain or spring from which a stream of water flows; the head or source of a stream; hence, primary source in general; original.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an abundant source
  • n. the source of water from which a stream arises


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  • Since that day, more than forty years ago, Greenspan has become the figurehead (not the "fountainhead" - figurehead) for a new form of "establishment radicalism," a white-collar extremism which that has hijacked American economic policy for the last thirty years.

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  • The honor is well-deserved, for Holland may fairly be called the fountainhead of modern international law, and has produced many of its best expounders, from Grotius and Bynkershoek to Asser.

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  • The growing number of spin-off IDEs that point to Eclipse as their fountainhead is a testament to Eclipse's capability.

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  • I wonder if Rand is the 'fountainhead' of the nonfiction business books, many of which present themselves as complete.

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  • Attempting to hype him as the fountainhead of all right-thinking, truth, and scientific process will still not render him the messiah. sifto77

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  • Sandisk has allied itself in NAND with Toshiba, once a DRAM fountainhead and technology ally of Siemens and IBM. Toshiba operates the joint venture factories from which Sandisk obtains most of its NAND chips and is no friend to Samsung.

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  • "Don Quixote is the first modern novel, perhaps the most eternal novel ever written and certainly the fountainhead of European and American fiction; here you have Gogol and Dostoevsky, Dickens and Nabokov, Borges and Bellow, Sterne and Diderot in their genetic nakedness, once more taking to the road with the gentleman and the squire, believing the world is what we read and discovering that the world reads us."

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  • To me, it seems like since she's a fountainhead of creativity, that stops her from having a filter because if she had a filter, then it would afflict her creativity.

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  • But most of all, this supposedly laconic and soundless generation saw the 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education that lead to the Montgomery Bus Boycott that lead to the desegregation of Little Rock that became the fountainhead of one the most significant revolutions in America's public policy since our 18th Century independence - the Civil Rights Movement.

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  • This apparent reversal in causality is the fountainhead of Rand's narrative arc that holds the storyline together throughout countless side trips and peripheral characters.

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