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spray millet
the seeds of millet left on the spike and sold in pet shops for cage birds. * * *
spray paint
paint that is packaged in an aerosol container for spraying directly onto a surface. * * *
spray tank
a closed tank into which air is pumped to force out a liquid, esp. for a spray. * * *
/spray"paynt'/, v.t. to cover, mark, draw, or write with spray paint. [1965-70] * * *
See spray1. * * *
spraying and dusting
Standard methods of applying pest-control chemicals and other compounds to plants, animals, soils, or agricultural products. For spraying, chemicals are dissolved or suspended ...
spray paint n. Paint in an aerosol container for spraying onto surfaces.   sprayʹ-paint' (sprāʹpānt') v. * * *
spray skirt n. A piece of waterproof fabric that fits around a kayaker and extends over the opening of a kayak to keep out water. * * *
/spred/, v., spread, spreading, n., adj. v.t. 1. to draw, stretch, or open out, esp. over a flat surface, as something rolled or folded (often fol. by out). 2. to stretch out or ...
spread eagle
1. a representation of an eagle with outspread wings: used as an emblem of the U.S. 2. an acrobatic figure in skating performed by making a glide with the skates touching ...
spread end
Football. See split end. * * *
spread option
spread (def. 26b). * * *
/spred"ee'geuhl/, adj., v., spread-eagled, spread-eagling. adj. 1. having or suggesting the form of a spread eagle. 2. lying prone with arms and legs outstretched. 3. boastful or ...
—spread-eagleist, n. /spred"ee"geuh liz'euhm/, n. boastfulness or bombast, esp. in the display of patriotic or nationalistic pride in the U.S.; flag-waving. [1855-60, Amer.; ...
See spread. * * *
—spreadability, n. /spred"euh beuhl/, adj. capable of being spread; easily spread: a soft, spreadable cheese. [SPREAD + -ABLE] * * *
See spreadability. * * *
spread eagle n. 1. a. The figure of an eagle with wings and legs spread. b. The emblem on the obverse of the Great Seal of the United States. 2. A posture or design resembling ...
/spred"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that spreads. 2. a small, dull knife or spatula used for spreading butter, jelly, etc., on bread. 3. a machine for dispersing bulk material: ...
spreader beam
a crosspiece for spacing the chains or cables hanging from the boom of a crane. Also called yoke. * * *
/spred"euhr dich"euhr/, n. Railroads. a machine for shaping and cleaning roadbeds and ditches and for freeing tracks of ice and snow by plowing and digging. * * *
spreading center
Geol. a linear zone in the sea floor along which magma rises and from which adjacent crustal plates are moving apart. * * *
spreading factor
spreading factor n. a substance, as hyaluronidase, that promotes the diffusion of a material through body tissues * * *
spread·ing factor (sprĕdʹĭng) n. See hyaluronidase. * * *
/spred"sheet'/ 1. Accounting. a work sheet that is arranged in the manner of a mathematical matrix and contains a multicolumn analysis of related entries for easy reference on a ...
Ger. /shprddekh"geuh zahng'/, n. a vocal style intermediate between speech and singing but without exact pitch intonation. [ < G, equiv. to sprech(en) to SPEAK + Gesang song] * * ...
Ger. /shprddekh"shtim'euh/, n. sprechgesang. [ < G, equiv. to sprech(en) to SPEAK + Stimme voice] * * * ▪ music       (German: “speech-voice”), in music, a cross ...
/spree/, n. 1. a lively frolic or outing. 2. a bout or spell of drinking to intoxication; binge; carousal. 3. a period, spell, or bout of indulgence, as of a particular wish, ...
/shprdday/, n. a river in E Germany, flowing N through Berlin to the Havel River. 220 mi. (354 km) long. * * *
Spree River
River, northeastern Germany. Rising in the Lusatian Mountains near the Czech border, it flows north passing through Berlin, where it joins the Havel River after a course of 250 ...
spree killer n. A serial killer whose murders occur in a very short span of time and follow no discernible pattern. * * *
Sprengel, Christian Konrad
▪ German botanist born September 22, 1750, Brandenburg, Germany died April 7, 1816, Berlin       German botanist and teacher whose studies of sex in plants led him to a ...
Sprengtporten, G.M.
▪ soldier and politician in full  Georg Magnus Sprengtporten  born Aug. 16, 1740, Gammelbacka, Fin. died Oct. 13, 1819, St. Petersburg, Russia       soldier and ...
Sprengtporten, J.M., Friherre (baron)
▪ soldier and political conspirator in full  Jakob Magnus, Friherre Sprengtporten  born 1727, Porvoo, Fin. died April 2, 1786, Stockholm, Swed.       soldier and ...
/sprent/, adj. Archaic. sprinkled. [1505-15; ptp. of obs. sprenge to sprinkle, ME sprengen, OE sprengan; c. OHG, MHG, G sprengen, ON sprengja to make jump; cf. SPRINKLE] * * *
sprezzatura [spret΄tsä too′rä] n. 〚It〛 effortlessness or ease, esp. in art or literature; careless grace; nonchalance * * *
/spruy"euhr/, adj. a comparative of spry. * * *
/spruy"ist/, adj. a superlative of spry. * * *
/sprig/, n., v., sprigged, sprigging. n. 1. a small spray of some plant with its leaves, flowers, etc. 2. an ornament having the form of such a spray. 3. a shoot, twig, or small ...
See sprig. * * *
/sprig"ee/, adj., spriggier, spriggiest. possessing sprigs or small branches. [1590-1600; SPRIG + -Y1] * * *
spright (sprīt) n. Variant of sprite. * * *
/spruyt"feuhl/, adj. sprightly. [1585-95; spright (sp. var. of SPRITE) + -FUL] * * *
See sprightly. * * *
—sprightliness, n. /spruyt"lee/, adj., sprightlier, sprightliest, adv. adj. 1. animated, vivacious, or gay; lively. adv. 2. in a sprightly manner. [1590-1600; spright (sp. var. ...
/sprig"tayl'/, n. 1. the pintail, Anas acuta. 2. See ruddy duck. 3. See sharp-tailed grouse. [1670-80; SPRIG + TAIL1] * * *
—springlike, adj. /spring/, v., sprang or, often, sprung; sprung; springing; n., adj. v.i. 1. to rise, leap, move, or act suddenly and swiftly, as by a sudden dart or thrust ...
Spring and Autumn period
(770–476 BC) Period of the Chinese Zhou dynasty named for one of the Confucian Classics, the Chunqiu ("Spring and Autumn Annals"). During the period the imperial house's ...
spring balance
Weighing device that uses the relation between the applied load and the deformation of a spring. This relationship is usually linear; that is, if the load is doubled, the ...
Spring Bank Holiday
n [C, U] the bank holiday that takes place each year on the last Monday in May in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. * * *
spring beauty
any American spring plant belonging to the genus Claytonia, of the purslane family, esp. C. virginica, having an elongated cluster of white flowers tinged with pink. [1815-25, ...
spring binder
a loose-leaf binder in which a single, long, clamplike spring, forming the spine, holds the leaves. * * *
spring cankerworm.
See under cankerworm. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
spring catch
a catch for an interior or cabinet door that has a bolt operated by a spring. [1835-45] * * *
spring chicken
1. a young chicken, esp. a broiler or fryer. 2. Slang. a young person: I don't know his age, but he's no spring chicken. [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
spring equinox
vernal equinox. See under equinox. [1580-90] * * *
spring fever
a listless, lazy, or restless feeling commonly associated with the beginning of spring. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
Spring Green
▪ Wisconsin, United States       village, Sauk county, south-central Wisconsin, U.S. The village lies near the Wisconsin River, about 35 miles (55 km) west of ...
spring hare
▪ mammal also spelled  springhare   a bipedal grazing rodent indigenous to Africa. About the size of a rabbit, the spring hare more closely resembles a giant jerboa in ...
spring lamb
a lamb born in the late winter or early spring and sold for slaughter before July 1. * * *
spring line
Naut. warp (def. 16). * * *
spring lock
spring lock n. a lock in which the bolt is shot automatically by a spring * * *
spring molding
Carpentry. See sprung molding. * * *
Spring of Khosrow Carpet
▪ ancient Perisan carpet also called  Winter of Khosrow Carpet        ancient Persian carpet, possibly the most costly and magnificent of all time, made for the ...
spring peeper
a tree frog, Hyla crucifer, having an X-shaped mark on the back and voicing a shrill call commonly heard near ponds and swamps of eastern North America in the early ...
spring roll
Chinese Cookery. an egg roll. [1965-70; trans. of Chin chun-juan] * * *
spring snow.
See corn snow. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
spring tide
1. the large rise and fall of the tide at or soon after the new or the full moon. See diag. under tide1. 2. any great flood or swelling rush: a spring tide of ...
spring training
1. a program of physical exercise, practice, and exhibition games followed by a baseball team in the late winter and early spring, before the start of the regular season. 2. the ...
Spring Valley
1. a city in SW California, near San Diego. 40,191. 2. a town in SE New York. 20,537. * * *
spring vetch.
See under vetch (def. 1). * * *
Spring, Howard
▪ Welsh author born Feb. 10, 1889, Cardiff, Wales died May 3, 1965, Falmouth, Cornwall, Eng.       Welsh-born British novelist whose chief strength lies in his ...
/spring"kleen"/, v.t. to subject (a place) to a spring-cleaning. [1890-95] * * *
/spring"klee"ning/, n. 1. a complete cleaning of a place, as a home, done traditionally in the spring of the year. 2. the activity of giving a place a complete cleaning: We've ...
/spring"loh"did/, adj. (of a machine part) kept normally in a certain position by a spring: a spring-loaded safety valve. * * *
springal [spriŋ′əldspriŋ′əl] n. 〚Scot springel, springald < ME sprynhold, prob. < springen: see SPRING〛 Archaic an active young man; youth: also springald ...
/spring"euhld/, n. a youth; young fellow. [1400-50; late ME, alter. (by dissimilation) of *springard leaper, jumper. See SPRING, -ARD] * * *
spring beauty n. Any of various succulent, spring-flowering plants of the genus Claytonia, especially C. virginica, of eastern North America, having narrow leaves and racemes of ...
/spring"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. 1. a flexible board, projecting over water, from which divers leap or spring. 2. a flexible board used as a takeoff in vaulting, tumbling, etc., to ...
/spring"bok'/, n., pl. springboks, (esp. collectively) springbok. a gazelle, Antidorcas marsupialis, of southern Africa, noted for its habit of springing into the air when ...
Springbok Flats
▪ plain, South Africa Afrikaans  Springbokvla        extensive plain in South Africa, extending northeast from Pretoria in Gauteng province for about 100 miles (160 ...
spring break n. A period of recess, usually lasting one week, during the spring term at school. * * *
/spring"buk'/, n., pl. springbucks, (esp. collectively) springbuck. springbok. * * *
spring chicken n. 1. A young chicken, especially one from two to ten months old, having tender meat. 2. Slang. A young person. * * *
/spring"dayl'/, n. 1. a city in NW Arkansas. 23,458. 2. a city in NE Ohio. 10,111. * * *
/sprinj/, n., v., springed, springing. n. 1. a snare for catching small game. v.t. 2. to catch in a springe. v.i. 3. to set a springe or springes. [1200-50; ME, var. of sprenge a ...
spring ephemeral n. Any of various species of wildflowers that bloom in the early spring for only a few weeks. * * *
/spring"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that springs. 2. Archit. the first voussoir above the impost of an arch. [1350-1400; ME; see SPRING, -ER1] * * *
springer spaniel
a dog of either of two breeds of medium-sized spaniels, used for flushing and retrieving game. Cf. English springer spaniel, Welsh springer spaniel. [1880-85] * * * ▪ breed ...
Springer, Axel
▪ German publisher in full  Axel Cäsar Springer   born May 2, 1912, Altona, near Hamburg, Germany died September 22, 1985, West Berlin       German publisher who ...
Springer, Jerry
▪ 1999       In 1998, amid flying fists and bleeped-out epithets, "The Jerry Springer Show" continued its ascent to the top rung of the talk-show ladder. While so-called ...
springerle [shpriŋ′ger lə] pl.n. anise-flavored cookies, orig. of Germany * * *
springer spaniel n. A dog of either of two breeds of spaniels, the English springer spaniel or the Welsh springer spaniel. * * *
spring fever n. A feeling of languor or yearning brought on by the coming of spring. * * *
/spring"feeld'/, n. 1. a city in S Massachusetts, on the Connecticut River. 152,319. 2. a city in SW Missouri. 133,116. 3. a city in and the capital of Illinois, in the central ...
Springfield Armory
Weapons factory established at Springfield, Mass. , by the U.S. Congress in 1794. It grew out of an arsenal established in Springfield by the Revolutionary government in 1777, ...
Springfield Race Riot
▪ United States history       (August 1908), in U.S. history, brutal two-day assault by several thousand white citizens on the black community of Springfield, Ill. ...
Springfield rifle
1. a single-shot, breechloading .45-caliber rifle used by the U.S. Army from 1867 to 1893. 2. Also called Springfield 1903. a bolt-operated, magazine-fed, .30-caliber rifle ...
Springfield, Dusty
▪ 2000 Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien        British pop singer who in the 1960s recorded such hits as “I Only Want to Be with You,” “Wishin' and ...
Springfield rifle n. A magazine-fed breechloading bolt-action.30-caliber rifle used by the U.S. Army especially in World War I.   [After Springfield, Massachusetts.] * * *
springform pan
/spring"fawrm'/ a metal cake pan with sides that can be unfastened to facilitate releasing the cake when done. [1925-30; SPRING + -FORM] * * *
spring·form pan (sprĭngʹfôrm') n. A cake pan having an upright rim that can be unclamped and detached from the bottom of the pan. * * *
/spring"hawlt'/, n. Vet. Pathol. stringhalt. [1605-15; alter. by assoc. with SPRING] * * *
/spring"hair'/, n. a leaping and burrowing rodent, Pedetes capensis, native to southern Africa, having kangaroolike legs and long, pointed ears. Also called jumping hare, ...
/spring"hed'/, n. 1. a spring or fountainhead from which a stream flows. 2. the source of something: the springhead of desire. [1545-55; SPRING + HEAD] * * *
▪ Nova Scotia, Canada       town, Cumberland county, northern Nova Scotia, Canada. It lies 22 miles (35 km) southeast of Amherst and is situated on a hill 700 feet ...
/spring"hows'/, n., pl. springhouses /-how'ziz/. a small storehouse built over a spring or part of a brook, for keeping such foods as meat and dairy products cool and ...
See springy. * * *
See springily. * * *
—springingly, adv. /spring"ing/, n. 1. the act or process of a person or thing that springs. 2. the mechanical springs or the type or arrangement of springs with which any of ...
springing line n. A horizontal line between the springings of an arch. * * *
/spring"lis/, adj. 1. having no springs: a springless bed. 2. lacking liveliness or resilience; lifeless: His shoulders drooped and his walk had become springless. [1675-85; ...
/spring"lit/, n. a small spring of water. [1740-50; SPRING + -LET] * * *
/spring"lok'/, n. a lock that fastens automatically by a spring. [1475-85; SPRING + LOCK1] * * *
spring peeper n. A small brownish tree frog (Hyla crucifer) of eastern North America, having a characteristic shrill, high-pitched call. * * *
spring roll n. See egg roll.   [Translation of Chinese (Mandarin) chūn juǎn: chūn, spring + juǎn, roll.] * * *
/springz/, n. a city in S Transvaal, in the E Republic of South Africa, E of Johannesburg. 110,000. * * * ▪ South Africa       town, Gauteng province, South Africa. It ...
(1949– ) a US rock singer and writer of songs whose popular name is ‘the Boss’. He is known for his powerful live performances. He formed the E Street Band in 1973, and ...
Springsteen, Bruce
▪ American singer, songwriter, and bandleader Introduction born Sept. 23, 1949, Freehold, N.J., U.S.       American singer, songwriter, and bandleader who became the ...
Springsteen, Bruce (Frederick Joseph)
born Sept. 23, 1949, Freehold, N.J., U.S. U.S. singer and songwriter. He played guitar in several bar bands on the Jersey Shore before forming the E Street Band in the early ...
/spring"tayl'/, n. any of numerous minute, wingless primitive insects of the order Collembola, most possessing a special abdominal appendage for jumping that allows for the ...
spring·tide (sprĭngʹtīd') n. Springtime. * * *
spring tide Spring tides occur when the sun and moon are directly in line with the earth and their gravitational pulls reinforce each other. Precision Graphics n. 1. The ...
/spring"tuym'/, n. 1. the season of spring. 2. the first or earliest period: the springtime of love. Also called springtide /spring"tuyd'/. [1485-95; SPRING + TIME] * * *
Spring Valley (sprĭng) An unincorporated community of southwest California, a residential suburb within the confines of San Diego. Population: 40,191. * * *
/spring"vil/, n. a town in central Utah. 12,101. * * * ▪ Utah, United States       city, Utah county, north-central Utah, U.S., in the Utah Valley, east of Utah Lake ...
/spring"wood'/, n. the part of an annual ring of wood, characterized by large, thin-walled cells, formed during the first part of the growing season. Also called early wood. Cf. ...
—springily, adv. —springiness, n. /spring"ee/, adj., springier, springiest. 1. characterized by spring or elasticity; flexible; resilient: He walks with a springy step. 2. ...
/spring"keuhl/, v., sprinkled, sprinkling, n. v.t. 1. to scatter (a liquid, powder, etc.) in drops or particles: She sprinkled powder on the baby. 2. to disperse or distribute ...
/spring"kleuhr/, n. 1. any of various devices for sprinkling, as a watering pot, a container of water with a perforated top used to sprinkle clothes before ironing, or esp. a ...
sprinkler system
apparatus for automatically extinguishing fires in a building, consisting of a system of water pipes in or below the ceilings, with valves or sprinklers usually made to open ...
/spring"kleuhrd/, adj. having or protected by a sprinkler system. [1925-30; SPRINKLER + -ED3] * * *
sprinkler system n. A fire-extinguishing system consisting of a network of overhead pipes that release water automatically when a predetermined temperature has been reached. * * *
➡ hundreds and thousands * * *
—sprinklingly, adv. /spring"kling/, n. 1. a small quantity or number scattered here and there. 2. a small quantity sprinkled or to be sprinkled. [1400-50; late ME sprenclyng. ...
sprinkling can.
See watering pot. * * *
—sprinter, n. /sprint/, v.i. 1. to race or move at full speed, esp. for a short distance, as in running, rowing, etc. v.t. 2. to traverse in sprinting: to sprint a half ...
sprint medley
Track. a medley relay in which the first member of a team runs 440 yards, the second and third members run 220 yards each, and the fourth member runs 880 yards. Cf. distance ...
See sprint. * * *
/sprit/, n. Naut. a small pole or spar crossing a fore-and-aft sail diagonally from the mast to the upper aftermost corner, serving to extend the sail. [bef. 900; ME spret, OE ...
—spritehood, n. —spriteless, adj. —spritelike, adj. /spruyt/, n. an elf, fairy, or goblin. [1250-1300; ME sprit < OF esprit < L spiritus SPIRIT] Syn. See fairy. * * *
sprite crab.
See ghost crab. * * *
/sprit"sayl'/; Naut. /sprit"seuhl/, n. Naut. a sail extended by a sprit. [1425-75; late ME sprete seyle (see SPRIT, SAIL); cf. D sprietzeil] * * *
/sprits, shprits/, Informal. v.t. 1. to spray briefly and quickly; squirt: He spritzed a little soda in his drink. n. 2. a quick, brief spray of liquid; squirt. [1915-20, Amer.; ...
/sprit"seuhr, shprit"-/, n. a tall drink made with chilled wine and soda. [1940-45; < G Spritzer; see SPRITZ, -ER1] * * *
/sproht/, n. Angling. a fishhook having a circular bend. Also, sproat hook. [1865-70; named after W. H. Sproat, 19th-century English angler] * * *
/sprok"it/, n. 1. Mach. a. Also called chainwheel, sprocket wheel. a toothed wheel engaging with a conveyor or power chain. b. one tooth of such a wheel. 2. Carpentry. a ...
sprocket hole
any of a series of regular perforations along the edge of photographic film for engaging the drive sprockets in a motion-picture camera or projector. [1905-10] * * *
sprocket wheel n. A wheel rimmed with toothlike projections, used to engage the links of a chain in a pulley or drive system. * * *
      species of nightingale (q.v.). * * *
Sprouse, Stephen
▪ 2005       American fashion designer and artist (b. Sept. 12, 1953, Ohio—d. March 4, 2004, New York, N.Y.), made a splash on the fashion scene in the early 1980s ...
/sprowt/, v.i. 1. to begin to grow; shoot forth, as a plant from a seed. 2. (of a seed or plant) to put forth buds or shoots. 3. to develop or grow quickly: a boy awkwardly ...
/sprooh"euhns/, n. Raymond Ames /aymz/, 1886-1969, U.S. admiral. * * *
spruce1 /sproohs/, n. 1. any evergreen, coniferous tree of the genus Picea, of the pine family, having short, angular, needle-shaped leaves attached singly around twigs and ...
spruce beer
a fermented beverage made with spruce leaves and twigs, or an extract from them. [1490-1500] * * *
spruce beetle
a beetle, Dendroctonus rufipennis, that feeds on and nests in spruce, pine, and other evergreen trees, sometimes causing extensive damage. * * *
spruce budworm
/bud"werrm'/ the larva of a common tortricid moth, Choristoneura fumiferana, that is a destructive pest primarily of spruce and balsam fir in the northern and northeastern U.S. ...
spruce gall aphid.
See under adelgid. Also called spruce gall adelgid. * * *
spruce grouse
a grouse, Canachites canadensis, of coniferous forests of northern North America, that feeds on evergreen buds and needles. [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
Spruce Knob
▪ mountain, West Virginia, United States       highest point in West Virginia, U.S., located in the Allegheny Mountains in the eastern part of the state, about 25 ...
spruce pine
1. a tall coniferous tree, Pinus glabra, of the southeastern U.S., having smooth, gray bark and needles in bundles of two. 2. any of several other pines, as P. elliottii or P. ...
spruce sawfly
any of several sawflies of the family Diprionidae, esp. Diprion hercyniae (European spruce sawfly), the larvae of which feed on the foliage of spruce. * * *
/sproohs"up'/ n. an act of cleaning up, refurbishing, renovating, or the like. [n. use of v. phrase spruce up] * * *
spruce budworm n. The highly destructive larva of a tortricid moth (Choristoneura fumiferana) of the northern United States and southern Canada that feeds on the needles, buds, ...
spruce grouse n. A grouse (Canachites canadensis) that is dark gray barred with black, found in swampy forests of northern North America, and popular as a game bird. * * *
See spruce2. * * *
See sprucely. * * *
spruce pine n. See scrub pine. * * *
/sprooh"see/, adj., sprucier, spruciest. spruce2 (def. 1). [1765-75; SPRUCE2 + -Y1] * * *
sprue1 /sprooh/, n., v., sprued, spruing. n. 1. Metall. a. an opening through which molten metal is poured into a mold. b. the waste metal left in this opening after casting. 2. ...
—spruiker, n. /sproohk/, v.i. Australian Slang. to make or give a speech, esp. extensively or elaborately; spiel; orate. [1915-20; orig. uncert.] * * *
/sprooht, sprayt/, n. (in southern Africa) a small stream. [1860-65; < Afrik < D spruit SPROUT] * * *
/sprung/, v. a pt. and pp. of spring. * * *
sprung molding
Carpentry. a molded board, as one forming part of a cornice, placed diagonally and secured at the ends to two surfaces intersecting at a right angle. Also called spring ...
sprung rhythm
a poetic rhythm characterized by the use of strongly accented syllables, often in juxtaposition, accompanied by an indefinite number of unaccented syllables in each foot, of ...
sprung rhythm n. A poetic rhythm designed to imitate the rhythm of speech, in which each foot has one stressed syllable, either standing alone or followed by a varying number of ...
—spryly, adv. —spryness, n. /spruy/, adj., spryer, spryest or sprier, spriest. active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk. [1740-50; orig. uncert.] * * *
See spry. * * *
See spryly. * * *
see ṣpp. * * *
seaport. * * *
/spud/, n., v., spudded, spudding. n. 1. Informal. a potato. 2. a spadelike instrument, esp. one with a narrow blade, as for digging up or cutting the roots of weeds. 3. a ...
Spud Island
Canadian Slang. See Prince Edward Island. * * *
/spud"euhr/, n. 1. a person who prepares and operates a rig for drilling oil wells. 2. a light drilling rig used chiefly in beginning a well. 3. spud (def. 3). [1920-25 for def. ...
/spyooh/, v.i., v.t., spued, spuing, n. spew. * * *
/spooh"kee/, n., pl. spukies. Chiefly Boston. a hero sandwich. Also, spukie. [orig. uncert.] Regional Variation. See hero sandwich. * * *
It. /spooh mahn"te/; Eng. /speuh mahn"tee, -tay, spyeuh-/, n. 1. Italian. any sparkling wine. 2. See Asti spumante. [ < It: lit., foaming; see SPUME] * * *
—spumous, spumy, adj. /spyoohm/, v., spumed, spuming, n. v.t. 1. to eject or discharge as or like foam or froth; spew (often fol. by forth). v.i. 2. to foam; froth. n. 3. foam, ...
—spumescence, n. /spyooh mes"euhnt/, adj. foamy; foamlike; frothy. [1855-60; SPUME + -ESCENT] * * *
/speuh moh"nee, -nay/; It. /spooh maw"ne/, n. an Italian style of ice cream of a very fine and smooth texture, usually containing layers of various colors and flavors and chopped ...
spumoni [spə mō′nē] n. 〚It, pl. of spumone, aug. of spuma, foam (< L: see FOAM)〛 an Italian frozen dessert made of variously flavored and colored layers of smooth ice ...
See spume. * * *
See spumous. * * *
/spun/, v. 1. a pt. and pp. of spin. adj. 2. formed by or as by spinning. * * *
spun glass
1. blown glass in which fine threads of glass form the surface texture. 2. fiberglass. [1770-80] * * *
spun rayon
1. yarn produced by spinning short, uniform lengths of rayon filaments into a continuous strand. 2. a fabric woven from this yarn. [1925-30] * * *
spun silk
1. yarn produced by spinning silk waste and short, broken filaments from which the sericin has been removed. Cf. reeled silk. 2. a fabric woven from this yarn. [1750-60] * * *
spun sugar
a confection resembling fluff or floss, made from hot boiled sugar that has threaded, used as a garnish, frosting, or in making cotton candy. * * *
spun yarn
1. yarn produced by spinning fibers into a continuous strand. 2. Naut. cord formed of rope yarns loosely twisted together, for serving ropes, bending sails, etc. [1350-1400; ...
/spun"bon'ding/, n. a process for forming nonwoven fabrics, usually of limited durability, by bonding continuous-filament synthetic fibers immediately after extrusion. * * *
/spun"bon'did/, adj. being or designating a material or fiber produced by spun-bonding. Also, spun-bonded. [1960-65; SPUN + BONDED] * * *
spun glass n. 1. See fiberglass. 2. Fine blown glass having delicate threading or filigree. * * *
—spunkless, adj. /spungk/, n. 1. pluck; spirit; mettle. 2. touchwood, tinder, or punk. [1530-40; b. SPARK1 and obs. funk spark, touchwood (c. D vonk, G Funke)] * * *
/spung"kee/, n. Scot. a will-o'-the-wisp. [1720-30; SPUNK + -IE] * * *
See spunky. * * *
See spunkily. * * *
—spunkily, adv. —spunkiness, n. /spung"kee/, adj., spunkier, spunkiest. plucky; spirited. [1780-90; SPUNK + -Y1] * * *
spun silk n. A yarn made from short-fibered silk and silk waste. * * *
spun sugar n. See cotton candy. * * *
/spun"wair'/, n. Metalworking. objects formed by spinning. [1910-15; SPUN + WARE1] * * *
spun yarn n. A lightweight line made of several rope yarns loosely wound together, used for seizings onboard ship. * * *
spur1 —spurless, adj. —spurlike, adj. —spurrer, n. /sperr/, n., v., spurred, spurring. n. 1. a U-shaped device that slips over and straps to the heel of a boot and has a ...
spur blight
Plant Pathol. a disease of raspberries, characterized by reddish-brown spots on the stems, caused by a fungus, Didymella applanata. * * *
spur gall
a hairless and indurated area or gall on the side of a horse, caused by the irritation of a spur. [1545-55] * * *
spur gear
Mach. a gear having straight teeth cut on the rim parallel to the axis of rotation. Also called spur wheel. [1815-25] * * *
spur gearing.
1. a system of spur gears. 2. any system of gears with parallel axes of rotation. [1835-45] * * *
spur track
Railroads. a short branch track leading from the main track, and connected with it at one end only. Also called spur, stub track. [1880-85] * * *
spur wheel.
See spur gear. [1725-35] * * *
/sperr"euhv dheuh moh"meuhnt/, adj. occurring or done without advance preparation or deliberation; extemporaneous; unplanned: a spur-of-the-moment decision. [1800-10] * * *
/sperrj/, n. any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia, having a milky juice and flowers with no petals or sepals. Cf. spurge family. [1350-1400; ME < MF espurge, n. deriv. ...
spurge family
the large plant family Euphorbiaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees having milky juice, simple alternate leaves or no leaves, usually petalless flowers ...
spurge laurel
spurge laurel n. a Eurasian evergreen shrub (Daphne laureola) of the mezereum family, with yellowish-green flowers, oblong leaves, and poisonous berries * * *
spur gear Clarinda/Academy Artworks n. A gear with teeth radially arrayed on the rim parallel to its axis. * * *
spurge laurel n. A low-growing, evergreen Eurasian shrub (Daphne laureola) having glossy leaves and small yellowish-green flowers. * * *
/sperr"jeuhn/, n. Charles Haddon /had"n/, 1834-92, English Baptist preacher. * * *
Spurgeon, C.H.
▪ English minister in full  Charles Haddon Spurgeon   born June 19, 1834, Kelvedon, Essex, Eng. died Jan. 31, 1892, Menton, France  English fundamentalist Baptist minister ...
—spuriously, adv. —spuriousness, n. /spyoor"ee euhs/, adj. 1. not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit. 2. Biol. (of ...
spurious wing
alula (def. 1). * * *
See spurious. * * *
See spuriously. * * *
spurious wing n. See alula. * * *
—spurner, n. /sperrn/, v.t. 1. to reject with disdain; scorn. 2. to treat with contempt; despise. 3. to kick or trample with the foot. v.i. 4. to show disdain or contempt; ...
See spurn. * * *
/sperrd/, adj. 1. having a spur or spurs. 2. bearing spurs or spurlike spines. [1350-1400; ME; see SPUR1, -ED3] * * *
/sperr"ee, spur"ee/, n., pl. spurries. spurry. * * *
/sperr"ee euhr, spur"-/, n. a maker of spurs. [1350-1400; ME sporier. See SPUR1, -IER1] * * *
/sperr"ee, spur"ee/, n., pl. spurries. 1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Spergula, of the pink family, esp. S. arvensis, having white flowers and numerous linear ...
the popular name for Tottenham Hotspur football club. * * *
spur shoot n. A slow-growing, much reduced, short shoot, as in the ginkgo, larch, and cedar. * * *
—spurter, n. —spurtive, adj. —spurtively, adv. /sperrt/, v.i. 1. to gush or issue suddenly in a stream or jet, as a liquid; spout. 2. to show marked, usually increased, ...
/sperr"tl/, n. Chiefly Scot. a stick used to stir porridge. [1540-50; spurt- (by metathesis from SPRIT) + -LE] * * *
spur track n. A short side track that connects with the main track of a railroad system. * * *
/spoot"nik, sput"-/; Russ. /spooht"nyik/, n. (sometimes cap.) any of a series of Soviet earth-orbiting satellites: Sputnik I was the world's first space satellite. [1957; < Russ ...
—sputterer, n. —sputteringly, adv. /sput"euhr/, v.i. 1. to make explosive popping or sizzling sounds. 2. to emit particles, sparks, etc., forcibly or explosively, esp. ...
See sputter. * * *
/sput"euhr ing/ n. Engin., Electronics. a process that uses ions of an inert gas to dislodge atoms from the surface of a crystalline material, the atoms then being electrically ...
See sputterer. * * *
/spyooh"teuhm/, n., pl. sputa /-teuh/. matter, as saliva mixed with mucus or pus, expectorated from the lungs and respiratory passages. [1685-95; < L sputum, n. use of neut. of ...
Spuyten Duyvil
Spuyten Duyvil [spīt′'n dī′vəl] 〚Du, lit., spouting devil, nickname for a dangerous ford〛 ship canal between N Manhattan Island & the mainland, connecting the Hudson & ...
Spuyten Duyvil Creek
/spuyt"n duy"veuhl/ a channel in New York City at the north end of Manhattan Island, connecting the Hudson and Harlem rivers. * * *
SpuytenDuyvil Creek
Spuy·ten Duy·vil Creek (spītʹn dīʹvəl) A narrow channel in southeast New York separating northern Manhattan Island from the mainland and linking the Harlem and Hudson ...
—spyship, n. /spuy/, n., pl. spies, v., spied, spying. n. 1. a person employed by a government to obtain secret information or intelligence about another, usually hostile, ...
spy story
▪ narrative genre       a tale of international intrigue and adventure. Among the best examples of the genre are works by John Buchan (Buchan, John, 1st Baron ...
a book (1987) by Peter Wright, a former member of MI5. It describes his life as a spy and reveals many of the secrets of the way MI5 works. It was originally banned in Britain. * ...
/spuy"glas', -glahs'/, n. a small telescope. [1700-10; SPY + GLASS] * * *
/spuy"hop'/, n., v., spyhopped, spyhopping. Animal Behav. n. 1. - a. a vertical half-rise out of the water performed by a whale in order to view the surroundings. b. a springing ...
/spuy"mas'teuhr, -mah'steuhr/, n. an espionage agent who directs a network of subordinate agents. [1940-45; SPY + MASTER] * * *
/shpee"ree, spee"-/, n. Johanna Ger. /yaw hah"nah/; Eng. /joh han"euh-, -an"euh/, 1827-1901, Swiss author. * * *
Spyri, Johanna
orig. Johanna Heusser born June 12, 1829, Hirzel, Switz. died July 7, 1901, Zürich Swiss writer. Living in Zürich with her lawyer husband, Spyri wrote books, many widely ...
Spy·ri (spîrʹē, shpîrʹē), Johanna. 1827?-1901. Swiss writer whose best-known children's story is Heidi (1880). * * *
▪ computing       type of computer program that is secretly installed on a person's computer in order to divulge the owner's private information, including lists of ...
sq abbrev. 1. sequence 2. squadron 3. square * * *
1. Squadron. 2. Square (of a city or town). * * *
1. sequence. 2. the following; the following one. [ < L sequens] 3. squadron. 4. square. * * *
sq. cm
square centimeter; square centimeters. * * *

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