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[spin-drift] /ˈspɪnˌdrɪft/
spray swept by a violent wind along the surface of the sea.
Also, spoondrift.
Origin of spindrift
1590-1600; variant of Scots speendrift spoondrift Unabridged
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  • He dropped Scotty at the landing, then turned the launch back to spindrift.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • Gregg and Joan were blown away by the sound like spindrift before the wind.

    The Premiere Richard Sabia
  • Around one o'clock Cap'n Mike returned to spindrift and reported a friendly conversation with the houseboaters.

  • It was appropriate weather for the state of mind at spindrift.

  • Rick swung the Sky Wagon around and headed south on a straight course to spindrift.

  • But suppose the enemy kept a watch on movements in and out of spindrift?

  • He pushed open the door and marched up the front stairs, the spindrift group close behind.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • Fortunately, the spindrift boat landing was not in sight of North Cove.

  • And the spindrift struck me in the eyes like hands full of sand.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • "I'm afraid it's going to be pretty quiet on spindrift," he agreed.

British Dictionary definitions for spindrift


spray blown up from the surface of the sea
powdery snow blown off a mountain
Nontechnical name spoondrift
Word Origin
C17: of Scottish origin, possibly from a variant of obsolete spoon to scud + drift
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for spindrift

c.1600, Scottish formation from verb spene, alteration of spoon "to sail before the wind" (1570s, of uncertain origin) + drift. "Common in English writers from c 1880, probably at first under the influence of W. Black's novels" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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