a person or thing that spreads.
a small, dull knife or spatula used for spreading butter, jelly, etc., on bread.
a machine for dispersing bulk material: manure spreader.
a device for spacing or keeping apart two objects, as electric wires.
Nautical. a strut for spreading shrouds on a mast.

Origin of spreader

First recorded in 1475–85; spread + -er1
Related formsan·ti·spread·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for spreader

Historical Examples of spreader

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for spreader



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