Spencer mast, a small mast just abaft the foremast or mainmast, for hoisting the spencer. R. H. Dana, Jr.

(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, Spencer.]

1. To weigh or lay out; to dispose of; to part with; as, to spend money for clothing.

Spend thou that in the town.

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 loath
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.

(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,
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.

(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 [1802].

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