[ spred-er ]

  1. a person or thing that spreads.

  2. a small, dull knife or spatula used for spreading butter, jelly, etc., on bread.

  1. a machine for dispersing bulk material: manure spreader.

  2. a device for spacing or keeping apart two objects, as electric wires.

  3. Nautical. a strut for spreading shrouds on a mast.

Origin of spreader

First recorded in 1475–85; spread + -er1

Other words from spreader

  • an·ti·spread·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for spreader


/ (ˈsprɛdə) /

  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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