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spreader

[spred-er] /ˈsprɛd ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that spreads.
2.
a small, dull knife or spatula used for spreading butter, jelly, etc., on bread.
3.
a machine for dispersing bulk material:
manure spreader.
4.
a device for spacing or keeping apart two objects, as electric wires.
5.
Nautical. a strut for spreading shrouds on a mast.
Origin of spreader
1475-1485
First recorded in 1475-85; spread + -er1
Related forms
antispreader, noun
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  • Since the spreader also rams the concrete, it is difficult to separate these two items.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • The coating on the drum is controlled or regulated by a spreader.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • The other method, called the spreader method, was more intricate.

  • The size of the loop is determined by the width of the mesh stick or spreader (No. 2).

    The Tinguian Fay-Cooper Cole
  • It can be broadcasted by hand if a spreader is not available, and mixed with the surface soil while in a powdered state.

  • Here's a royal feast spread for us, an' th' spreader's queen o' th' pirates!

    The Pirate Woman Aylward Edward Dingle
  • He is a glutton, a poisoner, a spreader of disease, a dispenser of disturbing music.

    The Tent Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • The spreader is usually stationed in the nearest side track to the unloading place.

  • A tavern-keeper, a baker, for example, might perhaps have him arrested as a forger or a spreader of counterfeits.

  • At z is a wedge for adjusting the spreader w so as to keep it close to the saw whatever the diameter of the latter may be.

British Dictionary definitions for spreader

spreader

/ˈsprɛdə/
noun
1.
a machine or device used for scattering bulk materials, esp manure or fertilizer, over a relatively wide area
2.
a device for keeping apart or spacing parallel objects, such as electric wires
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