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spray

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noun \ˈsprā\

Definition of spray

  1. 1 :  a usually flowering branch or shoot

  2. 2 :  a decorative flat arrangement of flowers and foliage (as on a coffin)

  3. 3 :  something (such as a jeweled pin) resembling a spray

Origin and Etymology of spray

Middle English, from Old English *spræg, spræc


First Known Use: 13th century


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spray

noun

Definition of spray

  1. 1 :  water flying in small drops or particles blown from waves or thrown up by a waterfall

  2. 2a :  a jet of vapor or finely divided liquid disinfectant spraysb :  a device (such as an atomizer or sprayer) by which a spray is dispersed or appliedc (1) :  an application of a spray or by spraying (2) :  a substance (such as paint) so applied

Origin and Etymology of spray

obsolete English spray to sprinkle, from Middle Dutch sprayen


First Known Use: 1621


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spray

verb

Definition of spray

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to project spray or something resembling spray on or into spray the table spraying the wall with bullets

  3. 2 :  to disperse or apply as a spray sprayed some perfume

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to break up into spray

  6. 2 :  to disperse or apply a spray

  7. 3 :  to emit a stream or spray of urine a cat may spray to mark its territory

sprayer

noun

Examples of spray in a sentence

  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.

1527

First Known Use of spray

1527



SPRAY Defined for English Language Learners


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spray

verb

Definition of spray for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SPRAY Defined for Kids

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spray

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verb \ˈsprā\

Definition of spray for Students

sprayed

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spraying

  1. 1 :  to scatter or let fall in a fine mist She sprayed paint on the boards.

  2. 2 :  to scatter fine mist on or into I sprayed the boards with paint.

sprayer

noun

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spray

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noun

Definition of spray for Students

  1. 1 :  liquid flying in fine drops like water blown from a wave

  2. 2 :  a burst of fine mist

  3. 3 :  a device for scattering fine drops of liquid or mist


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spray

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noun

Definition of spray for Students

  1. :  a green or flowering branch or a usually flat arrangement of these


Medical Dictionary

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spray

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noun \ˈsprā\

Medical Definition of spray

  1. :  a jet of vapor or finely divided liquid; specifically :  a jet of fine medicated vapor used as an application to a diseased part or to charge the air of a room with a disinfectant or deodorant


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spray

intransitive verb

Medical Definition of spray

  1. :  to emit a stream or spray of urine a cat may spray to mark its territory


Law Dictionary

spray

transitive verb

Legal Definition of spray

  1. :  to disperse among a number of recipients authorized to spray trust income — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.



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