spread·​er | \ˈspre-dər \

Definition of spreader 

: one that spreads: such as

a : an implement for scattering material

b : a small knife used especially for spreading butter

c : a device (such as a bar) holding two linear elements (such as lines, guys, rails) apart and usually taut

Examples of spreader in a Sentence

Mosquito are spreaders of disease.

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This, the theory goes, conducts heat better than the thermal glue that Intel used on previous processors under the metal heat spreader that covers and protects the chip. Richard Baguley, Ars Technica, "Review: Intel’s 9th Gen Core i9 9900K processor hits 5GHz—just at a price," 17 Nov. 2018 To that end, it's built a thermal spreader heat sink that's three times larger than in the S9+ to cool down serious graphics loads, delivering 20 percent better cooling performance. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a better S Pen, smarter camera, and astronomical price," 9 Aug. 2018 What to do: 1. Use the grout spreader or spatula to spread golf-ball-sized lumps of grout over the whole tile surface in long, upwards, diagonal strokes. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Grout Tile," 11 Feb. 2015 The panels were mass produced using a glue spreader the young Autzen and the mill's superintendent conceived that allowed plys of softwood to bond. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Autzen mansion sells for $4 million: Plywood baron's 1927 Tudor (photos)," 13 June 2018 Unfortunately, some very common ground covers, such as English ivy, vinca, yellow archangel, creeping Jenny and bishop’s weed, are aggressive spreaders and can be hard to control. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "If your garden grass is patchy, consider a ground cover instead," 12 June 2018 Three species of ticks were used in the experiments: blacklegged ticks, the main spreaders of Lyme disease; lone star ticks and American dog ticks. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Tick-repelling clothes might actually stop the little blood-suckers, CDC says | The Kansas City Star," 24 May 2018 Hold the rubber edge of the spreader at a 45-degree angle. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Grout Tile," 11 Feb. 2015 Much like a traditional bivy sack, the rigid spreader bar keeps the hammock sides apart, creating ample headroom. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Tested: REI Co-Op Flash Air Hammock," 7 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a person or thing that spreads something

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