from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A tornado or less violent whirlwind occurring over water, consisting of a funnel-shaped whirling column of air and water droplets.
  • noun A hole or pipe from which water is discharged.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pipe, nozle, or orifice from which water is spouted.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A remarkable meteorological phenomenon, of the nature of a tornado or whirlwind, usually observed over the sea, but sometimes over the land.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a tornado that occurs over a body of water
  • noun a channel through which water is discharged, especially from the gutters of a roof

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

  • noun a tornado passing over water and picking up a column of water and mist
  • noun a channel through which water is discharged (especially one used for drainage from the gutters of a roof)
  • noun a heavy rain


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