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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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 In the 2013-’16 epidemic in West Africa, Ebola responders faced attacks and struggled to convince people to follow safe burial practices (because funerals can act as Ebola super-spreaders). Julia Belluz, Vox, "The success of the new Ebola vaccine will hinge on trust," 24 May 2018 Strong spreader bars at each end of the 90-inch-long hammock help maintain a flatter, tauter 42-inch width so the hammock doesn't fold in on you while you are suspended. Judi Dash, latimes.com, "These items help you find your stuff, ease your pain, make the cut and drift off to sleep," 23 Apr. 2018

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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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