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Nib vs Fountain - What's the difference?

nib | fountain |

As nouns the difference between nib and fountain

is that nib is the tip of a pen or tool that touches the surface, transferring ink to paper while fountain is (label) a spring, natural source of water.

As a verb fountain is

to flow or gush as if from a fountain.




(en noun)
  • The tip of a pen or tool that touches the surface, transferring ink to paper.
  • * 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 1
  • Slowly welling from the point of her gold nib , pale blue ink dissolved the full stop; for there her pen stuck; her eyes fixed, and tears slowly filled them.
  • The bill or beak of a bird; the neb.
  • Bits of trapped dust or other foreign material that form imperfections in painted or varnished surfaces.
  • A piece of a roasted, hulled cocoa bean.
  • A small and pointed thing or part; a point; a prong.
  • * Sir Thomas Browne
  • the little nib or fructifying principle
  • One of the handles projecting from a scythe snath.
  • The shaft of a wagon.
  • Derived terms

    * denib


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    (en noun)
  • (label) A spring, natural source of water.
  • An artificial, usually ornamental, water feature (usually in a garden or public place) consisting of one or more streams of water originating from a statue or other structure.
  • The structure from which an artificial fountain can issue.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Michael Arlen), title= “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days, chapter=Ep./4/2
  • , passage=As they turned into Hertford Street they startled a robin from the poet's head on a barren fountain , and he fled away with a cameo note.}}
  • A reservoir from which liquid can be drawn.
  • A source, origin of a flow (e.g. of favors, of knowledge).
  • A juggling pattern typically done with an even number of props where each prop is caught by the same hand that thows it.
  • (label) A roundel barry wavy argent and azure.
  • (label) A soda fountain.
  • Synonyms

    * fount * wellspring

    Derived terms

    * fountainlet * fountain pen * fountainhead * drinking fountain * soda fountain * water fountain


    (en verb)
  • To flow or gush as if from a fountain.
  • * (Tom Reamy), Blind Voices
  • The fireflies swept toward him from all directions, in streams and rivers and currents of light, a vortex a hundred yards across, spiraling into the brighter center. They met over his supine body like ocean breakers, cascading, fountaining into the air.