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 As such, fertilizer needs to be distributed evenly across the surface with a fertilizer spreader. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Sep. 2021 Someone can be undetectable in the morning and a super spreader within 24 hours, often before symptoms appear. Michael Mina, Time, 10 Sep. 2021 The Spark grill employs a heat spreader that deflects the direct heat which means that it is designed to cook using indirect heat. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Schools could become an easy spreader site if kids have no protections, experts say. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 29 Aug. 2021 Schools could become an easy spreader site if kids have no protections. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Aug. 2021 Our healthcare workers cannot handle another super spreader. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Aug. 2021 The Asian host nation has fully vaccinated less than 7% of its population and doctors have warned that an Olympic super-spreader event could push Japan's overstretched medical system to the brink. Junko Ogura, Julia Hollingsworth And Angus Watson, CNN, 20 June 2021 But pinpointing spreader events is difficult as the delta variant explodes along the Gulf Coast. al, 11 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of spreader

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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5 Oct 2021

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“Spreader.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spreader. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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: a person or thing that spreads something


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