What does the word waterspout mean?

Usage examples for waterspout

  1. The rain apparently was something like a waterspout. – In the Tail of the Peacock by Isabel Savory
  2. I had scarcely entered beneath the hospitable roof of the hotel of the Eagle, before the rain fell in torrents, like a waterspout. – Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century by W. H. Davenport Adams
  3. The biggest waterspout that ever came down from the mountains could never come anigh the mill, but go right down the valley. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore