verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of splay
Related Words for splayingtilt, skew, widen, swerve, point, grade, lean, direct, cant, bend, decline, tip, diverge, descend, deviate, beam, train, bank, bevel, incline
Examples from the Web for splaying
Historical Examples of splaying
He was clean-shaven, blue-eyed, and had a fine shock of brown hair through which he was constantly pushing his splaying fingers.The Hills of Refuge
Will N. Harben
Another way to make an end joint is by bevelled scarfing or splaying (Fig. 562).Woodworking for Beginners
Charles Gardner Wheeler
Into the splaying breaches there rushed fresh troops from front and rear, and the lines thickened and swayed again.The Boy Allies with the Cossacks
Clair W. Hayes
His steel trowel rang like a bell as he tossed the red brick like a ball in his strong, splaying hand.
John asked, a look of shame crossing his face as he stood mechanically brushing his coat-sleeve with his big, splaying hand.
Word Origin for splay
"to spread out," early 14c., shortened form of desplayen (see display). Pp. adjective splayed "spread out" is attested from 1540s.