spray

noun (1)
\ˈsprā \

Definition of spray 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a usually flowering branch or shoot

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

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

spray

noun (2)

Definition of spray (Entry 2 of 3)

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

2a : a jet of vapor or finely divided liquid disinfectant sprays

b : a device (such 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 (such as paint) so applied

spray

verb
sprayed; spraying; sprays

Definition of spray (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from spray

Verb

sprayer noun

Synonyms for spray

Synonyms: Verb

bestrew, dot, pepper, scatter, sow, spot, sprinkle, strew

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Examples of spray in a Sentence

Verb

She sprayed herself with perfume. The crops are sprayed monthly. We were sprayed by water from the crashing waves. The boys sprayed graffiti on the wall. He sprayed the paint evenly over the surface. She sprayed some perfume into the air. The soda sprayed from the bottle. The blood sprayed onto the wall. They sprayed the crowd with bullets.
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First Known Use of spray

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1527, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for spray

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English *spræg, spræc

Noun (2)

obsolete English spray to sprinkle, from Middle Dutch sprayen

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The first known use of spray was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for spray

spray

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spray

: 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

verb
\ˈsprā \
sprayed; spraying

Kids Definition of spray

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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.

Other Words from spray

sprayer noun

spray

noun

Kids Definition of spray (Entry 2 of 3)

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

spray

noun

Kids Definition of spray (Entry 3 of 3)

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

spray

noun
\ˈsprā \

Medical Definition of spray 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Medical Definition of spray (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Legal Definition of spray 

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

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