an opening through which molten metal is poured into a mold.
the waste metal left in this opening after casting.
Metalworking. a channel in a forging die permitting the die to clear that part of the rough piece not being forged.
to cut the sprues from (a casting).
Other definitions for sprue (2 of 2)
a chronic disease, occurring chiefly in the tropics, resulting from malabsorption of nutrients from the small intestine and characterized by diarrhea, ulceration of the mucous membrane of the digestive tract, and a smooth, shining tongue; psilosis.
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How to use sprue in a sentence
British Dictionary definitions for sprue (1 of 3)
a vertical channel in a mould through which plastic or molten metal is introduced or out of which it flows when the mould is filled
plastic or metal that solidifies in a sprue
British Dictionary definitions for sprue (2 of 3)
a chronic disease, esp of tropical climates, characterized by flatulence, diarrhoea, frothy foul-smelling stools, and emaciation
British Dictionary definitions for sprue (3 of 3)
East London dialect an inferior type of asparagus
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