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splayed; splaying; splays
: to cause to spread outward
: to extend apart or outward especially in an awkward manner
Verb He sat with his legs splayed apart. She splayed her fingers to show off her manicure. His fingers splayed out over the table as he steadied himself.
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VerbPreserved manzanita trees splay across the dining room. —Jeastman, oregonlive, 17 Mar. 2023 Tiktaalik could support itself on strong shoulder bones, bend its fins at the wrists, and splay out its hand-like bones. —Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2010 Many don’t travel alone but bring companions with them, in a dark collision that may tear some stars from the heart of their homes and splay them across the sky. —Nola Taylor Tillman, Discover Magazine, 8 Feb. 2022 But with an uneven surface, this shockwave becomes asymmetrical, causing the ejecta to clump in some areas and form rays that splay out from the impact zone. —Michelle Hampson, Discover Magazine, 2 Aug. 2018 Distinguishing features include a roomy toe box to let toes splay for natural balance and propulsion, a low heel-toe drop to gently reduce overstriding, and, until now, relatively low stack heights. —Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 17 July 2022 But, every running sock from this brand legitimately has an exceptional fit thanks to an extremely deep and elastic heel cup, a stretchy arch to pull feet back into that heel cup, and a little extra room for toes to splay up front. —Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 10 Oct. 2022 Lots of users want to connect with someone whose avatar is a doe-eyed woman in micro-jorts — or perhaps a hypermasculine beefcake with mandibles that splay out and away from his mouth like bat wings. —New York Times, 18 Aug. 2022 This lightweight metal rake features a set of steel tines that easily splay from 7 inches to 23 inches, condensing in size to fit in smaller places and expanding to cover more ground. —Gabriel Morgan, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Oct. 2022
NounMerrell designed this pair specifically for women, with our specific toe splay, hip width, and arch propensities in mind. —Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Apr. 2022 From the looks of the video, multiple vents were erupting from the New Southeast Crater, producing a splay of lava fountains during this intense strombolian eruption. —Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 3 Dec. 2013 On the one hand, testers appreciated the rather voluminous fit for its comfort and natural toe-splay. —Cory Smith, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 The fit accommodates wide feet and allows for forefoot splay, while wrapping and supporting comfortably and securely. —Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 4 May 2020 Fans of zero-drop shoes that accommodate full toe splay will enjoy this comfy number. —Cory Smith, Outside Online, 10 June 2022 Fit is true-to-size, with enough room in the toe box to allow for a natural toe splay over the wide sole. —Cory Smith, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 The tip splay is more pronounced than any ski in the test. —Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, 9 Jan. 2022 The Chagossians bent to their knees and kissed the sand, leaving a splay of palm prints. —Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 See More
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