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.

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After the juveniles fell, the 11-year-old was then run over by the manure spreader causing his death, Sheriff Don Lorge reported. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Boy, 11, killed in central Minnesota farm accident," 9 Sep. 2019 Then apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer, using a spreader. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Traveling tags," 6 Sep. 2019 One winning bidder is now legally able to drive in an actual James Bond Aston Martin, with working nail spreaders, tire slashers, smoke screen and rotating license plates. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "This James Bond Aston Martin was just auctioned for $6.4 million in Monterey," 16 Aug. 2019 Grab a baguette and some mustard, then throw your jars, some spreaders and spoons in a cooler and go. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "How to Instant Pot your picnic, with recipes for pate, savory cheesecake and dessert," 18 July 2019 Someone entered an unlocked garage in the 900 block of North Taylor Avenue and stole two weed-whackers, a set of jumper cables and a spreader valued at $270 at 6:45 a.m. June 16. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Oak Park resident has necklace, cash stolen while walking along Harlem Avenue," 23 June 2019 Winning the race to PCI Express 4 Under the heat spreader, AMD officials told us the 12-core Ryzen 9 will be built using two Client Computing Devices (or CCDs) while the two 8-core Ryzen 7 chips will be built using single CCDs. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "AMD flexes 7nm muscle with a 12-core Ryzen 9 CPU and Radeon RX 5000 graphics cards," 26 May 2019 March-April If crabgrass is present, use a walk-behind drop spreader to apply a pre-emergence crabgrass preventative agent. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds," 19 Apr. 2019 Usually, public agencies deploy an army of plows and salt spreaders ahead of storms. Paul Berger, WSJ, "New York City and New Jersey Take Heat Over Response to Snowstorm," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of spreader

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of spreader

: a person or thing that spreads something

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