spray

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.

Primary Meanings of spray

1.
nv
water in small drops in the atmosphere; blown from waves or thrown up by a waterfall
scatter in a mass or jet of droplets
2.
n
flower arrangement consisting of a single branch or shoot bearing flowers and foliage
Full Definitions of spray
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n water in small drops in the atmosphere; blown from waves or thrown up by a waterfall

Types:
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

n a jet of vapor

Type of:
jet, spirt, spurt, squirt
the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)

n a quantity of small objects flying through the air

“a spray of bullets”
Synonyms:
spraying
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

n a pesticide in suspension or solution; intended for spraying

Type of:
pesticide
a chemical used to kill pests (as rodents or insects)

n a dispenser that turns a liquid (such as perfume) into a fine mist

Synonyms:
atomiser, atomizer, nebuliser, nebulizer, sprayer
Types:
airbrush
an atomizer to spray paint by means of compressed air
Type of:
dispenser
a container so designed that the contents can be used in prescribed amounts

v scatter in a mass or jet of droplets

spray water on someone”
spray paint on the wall”
Types:
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shower
spray or sprinkle with
atomise, atomize
spray very finely
mist
spray finely or cover with mist
syringe
spray or irrigate (a body part) with a syringe
Type of:
disperse, dot, dust, scatter, sprinkle
distribute loosely

v cover by spraying with a liquid

spray the wall with paint”
Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

v be discharged in sprays of liquid

“Water sprayed all over the floor”
Type of:
disperse, dot, dust, scatter, sprinkle
distribute loosely
2

n flower arrangement consisting of a single branch or shoot bearing flowers and foliage

Type of:
floral arrangement, flower arrangement
a decorative arrangement of flowers

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