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[n] an opening that allows the passage of liquids or grain
[v] talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
[v] gush forth in a sudden stream or jet of liquids

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\Spout\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spouted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spouting}.] [Cf. Sw. sputa, spruta, to spout, D. spuit a spout, spuiten to spout, and E. spurt, sprit, v., sprout, sputter; or perhaps akin to E. spit to eject from the mouth.]
1. To throw out forcibly and abudantly, as liquids through an office or a pipe; to eject in a jet; as, an elephant spouts water from his trunk. Who kept Jonas in the fish's maw Till he was spouted up at Ninivee? --Chaucer. Next on his belly floats the mighty whale . . . He spouts the tide. --Creech.
2. To utter magniloquently; to recite in an oratorical or pompous manner. Pray, spout some French, son. --Beau. & Fl.
3. To pawn; to pledge; as, spout a watch. [Cant]
\Spout\, v. i.
1. To issue with with violence, or in a jet, as a liquid through a narrow orifice, or from a spout; as, water spouts from a hole; blood spouts from an artery. All the glittering hill Is bright with spouting rills. --Thomson.
2. To eject water or liquid in a jet.
3. To utter a speech, especially in a pompous manner.
\Spout\, n. [Cf. Sw. spruta a squirt, a syringe. See {Spout}, v. t.]
1. That through which anything spouts; a discharging lip, pipe, or orifice; a tube, pipe, or conductor of any kind through which a liquid is poured, or by which it is conveyed in a stream from one place to another; as, the spout of a teapot; a spout for conducting water from the roof of a building. --Addison. ``A conduit with three issuing spouts.'' --Shak. In whales . . . an ejection thereof [water] is contrived by a fistula, or spout, at the head. --Sir T. Browne. From silver spouts the grateful liquors glide. --Pope.
2. A trough for conducting grain, flour, etc., into a receptacle.
3. A discharge or jet of water or other liquid, esp. when rising in a column; also, a waterspout. {To put}, {shove}, or {pop}, {up the spout}, to pawn or pledge at a pawnbroker's; -- in allusion to the spout up which the pawnbroker sent the ticketed articles. [Cant]

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