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Originally: the outlet tube or mouthpiece of a fountain. Later also: a nozzle or mouthpiece attached to a pipe or aperture so as to facilitate the flow of liquid out of it or to determine the character of the flow.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From French ajutage nozzle or mouthpiece attached to a pipe or aperture so as to facilitate the flow of liquid out of it or to determine the character of the flow from ajuster + -age. In some forms probably influenced by association with formations in classical Latin ad- ad-.
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