- water or other liquid broken up into minute droplets and blown, ejected into, or falling through the air.
- a jet of fine particles of liquid, as medicine, insecticide, paint, perfume, etc., discharged from an atomizer or other device for direct application to a surface.
- a liquid to be discharged or applied in such a jet.
- an apparatus or device for discharging such a liquid.
- a quantity of small objects, flying or discharged through the air: a spray of shattered glass.
- to scatter in the form of fine particles.
- to apply as a spray: to spray an insecticide on plants.
- to sprinkle or treat with a spray: to spray plants with insecticide.
- to direct a spray of particles, missiles, etc., upon: to spray the mob with tear gas.
- to scatter spray; discharge a spray: The hose sprayed over the flowers.
- to issue as spray: The water sprayed from the hose.
Origin of spray1
- a single, slender shoot, twig, or branch with its leaves, flowers, or berries.
- a group or bunch of cut flowers, leafy twigs, etc., arranged decoratively and for display, as in a vase.
- an ornament having a similar form.
Origin of spray2
Related Words for sprayaerosol, sprinkler, shoot, smear, drizzle, shower, splash, dust, squirt, scatter, froth, fog, moisture, duster, spindrift, atomizer, vaporizer, atomize, spatter, spritz
Examples from the Web for spray
Contemporary Examples of spray
He would shake a chilled Coke, and then spray the soda into a cold glass of milk.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
Neither Mr. Gelb nor the unions claimed responsibility for the spray painted vulgarities, and the case remains unsolved.Inside the Metropolitan Opera’s Insane Year
Shawn E. Milnes
November 23, 2014
Brown has taken on legendary status in Ferguson, as the spray paint marking the spot where he died indicates.'Go Ahead and Shoot Me': The Veteran Who Defied Ferguson's Cops
August 13, 2014
Gordon picked up a pair secondhand and began to stencil then onto blank canvases with spray paint.Kim Gordon: Going Solo After Sonic Youth, and Why She Identifies With ‘Girls’
April 10, 2014
I sent a shower of spray from the fixative over the canvas, and said: “Well, go on.”Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Historical Examples of spray
From the wave of sound words spattered out and up like spray.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Aunt Rosine had put a spray of lilac in her bonnet, "to enliven her mourning," as she said.My Double Life
"Thank you very much," said Dan, shaking the spray from his coat.The Inn at the Red Oak
I gave her a spray of lilac, I remember, and you gave her a franc.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
Blinded as he was by the rain and spray, he could distinguish nothing.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
- fine particles of a liquid
- a liquid, such as perfume, paint, etc, designed to be discharged from an aerosol or atomizerhair spray
- the aerosol or atomizer itself
- a quantity of small objects flying through the aira spray of bullets
- to scatter (liquid) in the form of fine particles
- to discharge (a liquid) from an aerosol or atomizer
- (tr) to treat or bombard with a sprayto spray the lawn
Word Origin for spray
- a single slender shoot, twig, or branch that bears buds, leaves, flowers, or berries, either growing on or detached from a plant
- a small decorative bouquet or corsage of flowers and foliage
- a piece of jewellery designed to resemble a spray of flowers, leaves, etc
Word Origin for spray
Word Origin and History for spray
"sprinkle liquid in drops," 1520s, from Middle Dutch sprayen, from Proto-Germanic *spræwjanan (cf. German sprühen "to sparkle, drizzle," Spreu "chaff," literally "that which flies about"), from PIE root *sper- "to sow, scatter" (see sprout (v.)). The noun is attested from 1620s. Spray-painting is from 1902; spray-paint (v.) is from 1928.
"small branch," c.1300, possibly related to Old English spræc "shoot, twig" (see sprig).
- A fine jet of liquid discharged from a pressurized container.
- To disperse a liquid in a jet of droplets.