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I'm looking for a word to describe the flow of a liquid downwards gently and continually from a source.

E.g. water being shot up from a jet fountain and then bending and flowing downwards.

Lava flowing out of a volcano.

See images.Simple water fountain

Volcanic lava flow

Modern water fountain at night

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    to arc out of something. The water is arcing out of the fountain.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 16:30
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    The examples you give seem to be two different things. A steady flow, like a lava flow, does not involve arcing in the way the water does. Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 16:43
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    @Lambie I'd prefer to allow the poster to refine what they mean. Their clarification doesn't suggest that going up is any part of this "I'm looking for a word to describe the flow of a liquid downwards gently and continually from a source." Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 16:46
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    @GArthurBrown The OP probably didn't even realize that both a fountain and a volcano have stuff arcing out of them. That is what they have in common: the upward trajectory, the zenith and then the downward one.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 17:27
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    Why not just say flow?
    – tvanc
    Commented Jul 4, 2021 at 4:18

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A good one is Cascade

What wonderful pictures you have.

From Collins English Thesaurus: Cascade (noun) Definition; a cascade of falling water where there is a vertical or almost vertical step in a river "Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall" Synonyms: cascade, fall, cataract, chute, linn (Scottish) Also; drop, gush, spout, flow, fountain, stream.

Cascade is not by definition violent. From a dictionary of waterfall terms;http://falzguy.com/waterfall.glossary.html CASCADING When a stream descends a very steep rock face somewhat smoothly or in a series of small individual drops, or any combination of these.

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    Cascading is a violent motion of water directly down that is not necessarily implied to be continuous. Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 16:52
  • @GArthurBrown Water actually doesn't fall straight down in a waterfall, it flows outwards and down in a parabolic arc.
    – barbecue
    Commented Jul 4, 2021 at 13:45
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    The one term you don't mention says it precisely: to arc out.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 4, 2021 at 16:52
  • "I'm looking for a word to describe the flow of a liquid downwards gently and continually from a source." Commented Jul 4, 2021 at 18:42
  • @GArthurBrown Cascade is OP's best bet. It's hard sometimes to subsume multiple concepts into a single word: the usual verbs gush, spurt, disembogue, ooze,etc. would describe the manner in which water comes out of its source. A separate verb would be needed to describe the manner of its flow afterward.
    – user405662
    Commented Jul 4, 2021 at 18:49

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