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geyser

Definitions

  • THE GROTTO, GEYSER'S CONE
    THE GROTTO, GEYSER'S CONE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v geyser to overflow like a geyser
    • n geyser a spring that discharges hot water and steam
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A BABY GEYSER A BABY GEYSER
A GEYSER POOL A GEYSER POOL
THE OBLONG GEYSER THE OBLONG GEYSER
THE GIANT GEYSER THE GIANT GEYSER
THE CASTLE GEYSER THE CASTLE GEYSER
THE CASTLE GEYSER'S CONE THE CASTLE GEYSER'S CONE
CASTLE AND OLD FAITHFUL GEYSERS CASTLE AND OLD FAITHFUL GEYSERS
APPROACHING THE MUD GEYSER APPROACHING THE MUD GEYSER

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Soil that is heated by geysers are now making it possible to produce bananas in Iceland
    • n Geyser A boiling spring which throws forth at frequent intervals jets of water, mud, etc., driven up by the expansive power of steam.Geysers were first known in Iceland, and later in New Zealand. In the Yellowstone region in the United States they are numerous, and some of them very powerful, throwing jets of boiling water and steam to a height of 200 feet. They are grouped in several areas called geyser basins. The mineral matter, or geyserite, with which geyser water is charged, forms geyser cones about the orifice, often of great size and beauty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The greatest measured water discharge was an estimated 740,000-1,000,000 gallons by the Giant Geyser, in Yellowstone National Park. However, this estimate made in the 1950s, was only a rough calculation.
    • n geyser 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 geyser A gas-burning apparatus attached to a bath for the purpose of heating water for the bath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Geyser gīsėr a hot spring, as in Iceland, which spouts water into the air.
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Quotations

  • Alexis Carrel
    Alexis Carrel
    “Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. geysir, fr. geysa, to rush furiously, fr. gjōsa, to gush. Cf. Gush
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice., geysa, to gush.

Usage

In literature:

There were the mud geysers Old Rocks had started out to look for.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
None of them are of any considerable size, except the Great Geyser, the Strokhr, and the Little Geyser.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
His humor was like a low, sweet bubbling geyser spring.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
They might have boiled out of a Yellowstone geyser, as a sample.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
We went up into the big geyser region with the big sleighs, each drawn by four horses.
"Camping with President Roosevelt" by John Burroughs
Directly in my path the sand geysered up as the bullets ripped and tore at it.
"The Man the Martians Made" by Frank Belknap Long
The Vandercook struck the surface of the Hudson and an uprush of geysering water for a few seconds blotted the great building from view.
"Lords of the Stratosphere" by Arthur J. Burks
Geysers, cause of, 110.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
It piled the snow in great drifts against the houses; whirled and sucked it upward in white powdery geysers.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
The Geysers are famous; they were the great health resort of the Indians before the coming of the whites.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Faint, carrying from a distance, the rumble which Kirby heard was almost certainly that of a geyser.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
Black geysers of earth, sand, and mud, were spouting from the tortured strip along the river.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
French shells, arriving endlessly in the village, shot geysers of dust and wreckage skyward.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
It was the right temperature, so did not geyser as Denver unskilfully wrested out the cork.
"Master of the Moondog" by Stanley Mullen
Hot Springs; Roaring Mountain; Bunsen Peak; Yancey; Apollinaris Spring; Canyon; Yellowstone Lake; Upper Geyser Basin; Old Faithful.
"Geographic Distribution and Taxonomy of the Chipmunks of Wyoming" by John A. White
We'll soon have a spouting geyser, at this rate.
"Two Wyoming Girls and Their Homestead Claim" by Carrie L. Marshall
To freeze the heated geysers of the soul?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
Volcanoes, geysers, and hot springs prove that the earth's interior is hot.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
In the distance the exploding slugs threw up small geysers in the sand.
"The Next Time We Die" by Robert Moore Williams
They call it the Norris Geyser Basin on Earth.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
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In poetry:

From the geyser ventilators
Autumn winds are blowing down
On a thousand business women
Having baths in Camden Town
"Business Girls" by Sir John Betjeman
I would like to go to the Yellowstone,
And witness the giant geysers;
To see its grandure there alone,
Would surely make me wiser.
"The Trip I Would Like to Take" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Think not Envy, Hatred, Malice
Seethe alone in town and palace;
For on Eden first,
Pour'd from evil's caldron-chalice,
Those hot geysers burst.
"Country Life" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
I should have read the wisdom hid
In the storm-inspired melody of thy thrush's bosom solemn:
I should not then have understood what thy free spirit did
To make the lark-soprano mount like to a geyser-column!
"The Sparrow" by George MacDonald
This is my vision in Springfield:
Three times as high as the dome,
Tiger-striped trees encircle the town,
Golden geysers of foam; —
Though giant white parrots sail past, giving voice,
Though I walk with Peace-of-the-Heart and rejoice.
"The Tale Of The Tiger-Tree" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2007, California ($8.50).
The company dates from 1872, and still occupies its original site off Geyser Road.
Asking New Yorkers for a farewell message for Oprah Winfrey opens a geyser of gratitude.
Greg Scheibel, Geyser Basin Sunset, oil, 12 x 16.
The fountain geysers hide a bevy of treasures beneath their waves.
Geyser Falls Water Park beats the heat.
The first would enable the spacecraft to better study the geyser fields during southern polar summer.
Last year alone, 604 hydrants were hit causing urban geysers to spring in Los Angeles, Humphrey said.
Valley Of The Geysers 08.
Three geysers of granite, snow and shrapnel erupted among the Italians.
Reed's, Inc announced that it has reached a new distribution agreement with Geyser Beverage Co. A full service beverage distributor headquartered in Livermore, Calif, just outside the city of San Francisco.
It looked at first like a sludgy, gray geyser when witnesses say liquid began shooting five feet into the air at an intersection on Seattle's Capitol Hill.
Join experienced ACA Certified Kayak Guides with Geyser Whitewater Expeditions for Tandem Kayak trips on the Gallatin River.
Tourists watch the Old Faithful geyser, which erupts on average every 90 minutes in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Sky conditions on Saturday (9/6) were totally obscured (WOX)but not with normal fog - this was geyser steam at Yellowstone NP and the temperature was down to 8degrees F.Glad to be back in Texas comparative warmth.
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In science:

Freeman et al. (2007) suggest that an ammonia-water ice mantle is necessary to explain the subsurface ocean driving Enceladus’ south pole geyser.
Ice Lines, Planetesimal Composition and Solid Surface Density in the Solar Nebula
Volatile releases from geysers or cryovolcanoes (Roe et al. 2005).
Astrophysics in 2006
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