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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Definitions for spindrift

  1. spray swept by a violent wind along the surface of the sea.

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Citations for spindrift
Spindrift blew off the waves and foam gathered in clots that rolled along the shore, full of bubbles like scalded milk. Keith Donohue, The Boy Who Drew Monsters, 2014
That was the feeling which possessed her now--the feeling of being something rootless and ephemeral, mere spin-drift of the whirling surface of existence, without anything to which the poor little tentacles of self could cling before the awful flood submerged them. Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth, 1905
Origin of spindrift
Spindrift is a variant of the Scots spoondrift, with the nautical verb spoon or spoom meaning "to run or scud before the wind." It entered English around 1600.
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