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splay

play
verb \ˈsplā\

Simple Definition of splay

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of splay

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to spread outward

  3. 2 :  to make oblique :  bevel

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to extend apart or outward especially in an awkward manner

  6. 2 :  slope, slant

Examples of splay in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of splay

Middle English, short for displayen — more at display


First Known Use: 15th century


2

splay

noun

Definition of splay

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

  2. 2 :  spread, expansion



Circa 1508

First Known Use of splay

circa 1508


3

splay

adjective

Definition of splay

  1. 1 :  turned outward <splay knees>

  2. 2 :  awkward, ungainly



1548

First Known Use of splay

1548


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