Dictionary

1spray

noun \ˈsprā\

Definition of SPRAY

1
:  a usually flowering branch or shoot
2
:  a decorative flat arrangement of flowers and foliage (as on a coffin)
3
:  something (as a jeweled pin) resembling a spray

Origin of SPRAY

Middle English, from Old English *spræg, spræc
First Known Use: 13th century

2spray

noun

Definition of SPRAY

1
:  water flying in small drops or particles blown from waves or thrown up by a waterfall
2
a :  a jet of vapor or finely divided liquid <disinfectant sprays>
b :  a device (as an atomizer or sprayer) by which a spray is dispersed or applied
c (1) :  an application of a spray or by spraying
(2) :  a substance (as paint) so applied

Origin of SPRAY

obsolete English spray to sprinkle, from Middle Dutch sprayen
First Known Use: 1621

3spray

verb

: to put a stream of small drops of liquid on (someone or something)

: to put (something) on a surface or into the air using a special container that produces a stream of small drops of liquid

: to flow out in a stream of very small drops

Full Definition of SPRAY

transitive verb
1
:  to project spray or something resembling spray on or into <spray the table> <spraying the wall with bullets>
2
:  to disperse or apply as a spray <sprayed some perfume>
intransitive verb
1
:  to break up into spray
2
:  to disperse or apply a spray
3
:  to emit a stream or spray of urine <a cat may spray to mark its territory>
spray·er noun

Examples of SPRAY

  1. She sprayed herself with perfume.
  2. The crops are sprayed monthly.
  3. We were sprayed by water from the crashing waves.
  4. The boys sprayed graffiti on the wall.
  5. He sprayed the paint evenly over the surface.
  6. She sprayed some perfume into the air.
  7. The soda sprayed from the bottle.
  8. The blood sprayed onto the wall.
  9. They sprayed the crowd with bullets.

First Known Use of SPRAY

1527
SPRAYER Defined for Kids

1spray

verb \ˈsprā\
sprayedspray·ing

Definition of SPRAY for Kids

1
:  to scatter or let fall in a fine mist <She sprayed paint on the boards.>
2
:  to scatter fine mist on or into <I sprayed the boards with paint.>
spray·er noun

2spray

noun

Definition of SPRAY for Kids

1
:  liquid flying in fine drops like water blown from a wave
2
:  a burst of fine mist
3
:  a device for scattering fine drops of liquid or mist

3spray

noun

Definition of SPRAY for Kids

:  a green or flowering branch or a usually flat arrangement of these
July 06, 2015
categorical Hear it
absolute or relating to a category
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears