spread·​er | \ ˈspre-dər How to pronounce spreader (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The school’s location on Hilltop Circle lacks the nearby bars that can serve as coronavirus spreader environments. Allana Haynes, baltimoresun.com, "UMBC maintains a low COVID-19 positivity rate as the fall semester continues with a mix of online and in-person classes," 18 Sep. 2020 Spread it on using a metal or plastic spreader, but leave a little extra on top to sand smooth. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, "How to Prevent and Remove Rust on Your Car Like a Pro," 8 Sep. 2020 Windham stands with Mansfield in asking our Governor to help keep our region continuing to have low COVID counts, which could spread the virus across Connecticut if ill students return home after a super spreader event. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 4 Sep. 2020 Tech event a likely ‘super spreader’ A ‘superspreader’ event may be connected to about 20,000 COVID-19 cases in the Boston area, researchers said. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Coronavirus update: COVID cases linked to Sturgis motorcycle rally found in 8 states," 27 Aug. 2020 Do not try to mix the products in your fertilizer spreader. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Neil Sperry answers all your questions on summer lawn care," 20 Aug. 2020 Once it's established, reining in this aggressive spreader requires relentless vigilance. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Pretty but Troublesome Perennials Never to Plant in Your Garden," 25 Aug. 2020 This piece may acquire an extra layer of associations in the middle of a pandemic, when maskless public partying is seen as a spreader of COVID-19. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 'Blob,' a crushed cup and a woman who never stops walking: Sculpture Milwaukee 2020 works now on display," 18 Aug. 2020 Some reports place children at the center of spreader events. Jim Morrison, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Scientists Know About How Children Spread COVID-19," 23 July 2020

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First Known Use of spreader

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 Sep 2020

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“Spreader.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spreader. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spreader

: a person or thing that spreads something

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