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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Origin of splay

1300–50; Middle English; aphetic form of display

OTHER WORDS FROM splay

un·splayed, adjective
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How to use splay in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for splay

splay
/ (spleɪ) /

adjective
spread out; broad and flat
turned outwards in an awkward manner
verb
to spread out; turn out or expand
(tr) vet science to dislocate (a joint)
noun
a surface of a wall that forms an oblique angle to the main flat surfaces, esp at a doorway or window opening
enlargement

Word Origin for splay

C14: short for display
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