(Spelt), n. [See Spalt.] (Metal.) Spelter. [Colloq.]
(Spelt), v. t. & i. [See Spell a splinter.] To split; to break; to spalt. [Obs.] Mortimer.
(Spel"ter) n. [Cf. LG. spialter, G. & D. spiauter. Cf. Pewter.] (Metal.) Zinc; especially so
called in commerce and arts.
(Spe*lunc") n. [L. spelunca cave.] A cavern; a cave. [Obs.] Piers Plowman.
(Spence) n. [OF. despense, F. dépense, buffet, buttery, fr. OF. despendre to spend, distribute,
L. dispendere, dispensum. See Dispense, Spend.]
1. A place where provisions are kept; a buttery; a larder; a pantry.
In . . . his spence, or "pantry" were hung the carcasses of a sheep or ewe, and two cows lately slaughtered.Sir W. Scott.
Bluff Harry broke into the spence,Tennyson.
And turned the cowls adrift.
2. The inner apartment of a country house; also, the place where the family sit and eat. [Scot.] Jamieson.
(Spen"cer) n. [OF. despensier. See Spence, and cf. Dispenser.] One who has the care of
the spence, or buttery. [Obs.] Promptorium Parvulorum.
(Spen"cer), n. [From the third Earl Spencer, who first wore it, or brought it into fashion.] A
short jacket worn by men and by women. Ld. Lutton.
Spencer mast, a small mast just abaft the foremast or mainmast, for hoisting the spencer. R. H. Dana,
(Spen"cer), n. (Naut.) A fore- and-aft sail, abaft the foremast or the mainmast, hoisted upon
a small supplementary mast and set with a gaff and no boom; a trysail carried at the foremast or mainmast;
named after its inventor, Knight Spencer, of England .
(Spend) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spent ; p. pr. & vb. n. Spending.] [AS. spendan fr. L. expendere
or dispendere to weigh out, to expend, dispense. See Pendant, and cf. Dispend, Expend, Spence,
1. To weigh or lay out; to dispose of; to part with; as, to spend money for clothing.
Spend thou that in the town.Shak.
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?Isa. lv. 2.
2. To bestow; to employ; often with on or upon.
I . . . am never loathHerbert.
To spend my judgment.
3. To consume; to waste; to squander; to exhaust; as, to spend an estate in gaming or other vices.
4. To pass, as time; to suffer to pass away; as, to spend a day idly; to spend winter abroad.
We spend our years as a tale that is told.Ps. xc. 9.
5. To exhaust of force or strength; to waste; to wear away; as, the violence of the waves was spent.
Their bodies spent with long labor and thirst.Knolles.