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spreader

[ spred-er ]
/ ˈsprɛd ər /
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noun

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.

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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

spreader
/ (ˈsprɛdə) /

noun

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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