A spray is a jet of small drops of water or liquid vapor. It describes the medicine you use to make your nose less dry or the air freshener you use to make your bathroom less smelly.

Though spray has had several incarnations, it is helpful to remember the German root sprühen — “to sparkle” or “to drizzle.” Spray has more than one sense, and can be a verb or a noun: If a whale were to spray you with water, you would be covered in spray. The word can also describe a group of small objects or pieces sent in the air, as in the spray of broken glass caused by your foul ball hitting a window.

Definitions of spray
  1. noun
    water in small drops in the atmosphere; blown from waves or thrown up by a waterfall
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    sea spray
    spray from ocean waves
    spindrift, spoondrift
    spray blown up from the surface of the sea
    type of:
    water vapor, water vapour
    water in a vaporous form diffused in the atmosphere but below boiling temperature
  2. noun
    a jet of vapor
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    type of:
    jet, spirt, spurt, squirt
    the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)
  3. noun
    a quantity of small objects flying through the air
    “a spray of bullets”
    synonyms: spraying
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    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
  4. noun
    a pesticide in suspension or solution; intended for spraying
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    a chemical used to kill pests (as rodents or insects)
  5. noun
    a dispenser that turns a liquid (such as perfume) into a fine mist
    synonyms: atomiser, atomizer, nebuliser, nebulizer, sprayer
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    an atomizer to spray paint by means of compressed air
    type of:
    a container so designed that the contents can be used in prescribed amounts
  6. verb
    scatter in a mass or jet of droplets
    spray water on someone”
    spray paint on the wall”
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    spray or sprinkle with
    atomise, atomize
    spray very finely
    spray finely or cover with mist
    spray or irrigate (a body part) with a syringe
    type of:
    disperse, dot, dust, scatter, sprinkle
    distribute loosely
  7. verb
    cover by spraying with a liquid
    spray the wall with paint”
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    type of:
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  8. verb
    be discharged in sprays of liquid
    “Water sprayed all over the floor”
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    type of:
    disperse, dot, dust, scatter, sprinkle
    distribute loosely
  9. noun
    flower arrangement consisting of a single branch or shoot bearing flowers and foliage
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    type of:
    floral arrangement, flower arrangement
    a decorative arrangement of flowers
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