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spit

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noun \ˈspit\

Definition of spit

  1. 1 :  a slender pointed rod for holding meat over a fire

  2. 2 :  a small point of land especially of sand or gravel running into a body of water



Origin and Etymology of spit

Middle English, from Old English spitu; akin to Old High German spiz spit, spizzi pointed


First Known Use: before 12th century


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spit

transitive verb

Definition of spit

spitted

spitting

  1. :  to fix on or as if on a spit :  impale



13th Century

First Known Use of spit

13th century


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spit

verb

Definition of spit

spit

or

spat

play \ˈspat\

spitting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to eject (as saliva) from the mouth :  expectorateb (1) :  to express (unpleasant or malicious feelings) by or as if by spitting (2) :  to utter with a spitting sound or scornful expression <spat out his words>c :  to emit as if by spitting; especially :  to emit (precipitation) in driving particles or in flurries <spit rain>

  3. 2 :  to set to burning <spit a fuse>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1a (1) :  to eject saliva as an expression of aversion or contempt (2) :  to exhibit contemptb :  to eject matter (as saliva) from the mouth :  expectorate

  6. 2 :  to rain or snow slightly or in flurries

  7. 3 :  to make a noise suggesting expectoration :  sputter

spit it out

  1. :  to say what is in the mind without further delay



Origin and Etymology of spit

Middle English spitten, from Old English spittan; akin to Middle High German spiutzen to spit


First Known Use: before 12th century


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spit

noun

Definition of spit

  1. 1a (1) :  spittle, saliva (2) :  the act or an instance of spittingb (1) :  a frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs (2) :  spittlebug

  2. 2 :  perfect likeness

  3. 3 :  a sprinkle of rain or flurry of snow



14th Century

First Known Use of spit

14th century



SPIT Defined for Kids

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spit

play
verb \ˈspit\

Definition of spit for Students

spit

or

spat

\ˈspat\

spitting

  1. 1 :  to force (saliva) from the mouth <He spat on the ground.>

  2. 2 :  to force (something) from the mouth <Spit out your gum.>

  3. 3 :  to express by or as if by spitting <He was spitting an angry answer.>

  4. 4 :  to give off usually briskly :  emit <The fire is spitting sparks.> <Then the men were gone … in a vehicle that spit pebbles from its whirling tires. — Lois Lowry, The Giver>

  5. 5 :  to rain lightly or snow in flurries

spit up

  1. :  2vomit <The baby spit up.>




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spit

play
noun

Definition of spit for Students

  1. 1 :  saliva

  2. 2 :  a foamy material given off by some insects

  3. 3 :  perfect likeness <The child was the spit and image of the parent.>




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spit

play
noun

Definition of spit for Students

  1. 1 :  a thin pointed rod for holding meat over a fire

  2. 2 :  a small point of land that runs out into a body of water




Medical Dictionary

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spit

play
verb \ˈspit\

Medical Definition of spit

spit

or

spat

\ˈspat\play ;

spitting

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to eject (as saliva) from the mouth

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to eject saliva from the mouth




2

spit

noun

Medical Definition of spit

  1. :  saliva





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