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splay

1splay

verb \ˈsplā\

: to move (things, especially your legs, fingers, etc.) out and apart from each other

Full Definition of SPLAY

transitive verb
1
:  to cause to spread outward
2
:  to make oblique :  bevel
intransitive verb
1
:  to extend apart or outward especially in an awkward manner
2
:  slope, slant

Examples of SPLAY

  1. He sat with his legs splayed apart.
  2. She splayed her fingers to show off her manicure.
  3. His fingers splayed out over the table as he steadied himself.

Origin of SPLAY

Middle English, short for displayen — more at display
First Known Use: 15th century

2splay

noun

Definition of SPLAY

1
:  a slope or bevel especially of the sides of a door or window

First Known Use of SPLAY

circa 1508

3splay

adjective

Definition of SPLAY

1
:  turned outward <splay knees>

First Known Use of SPLAY

1548

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