(Spir"y) a. [From Spire a winding line.] Of a spiral form; wreathed; curled; serpentine.
Hid in the spiry volumes of the snake.Dryden.
(Spir"y), a. [FR. Spire a steeple.] Of or pertaining to a spire; like a spire, tall, slender, and tapering; abounding
in spires; as, spiry turrets. "Spiry towns." Thomson.
(Spiss) a. [L. spissus.] Thick; crowded; compact; dense. [Obs.]
This spiss and . . . copious, yet concise, treatise.Brerewood.
(Spis"sa*ted) a. Rendered dense or compact, as by evaporation; inspissated; thickened. [R.]
The spissated juice of the poppy.Bp. Warburton.
(Spis"si*tude) n. [L. spissitudo.] The quality or state of being spissated; as, the spissitude
of coagulated blood, or of any coagulum. Arbuthnot.
(Spit) n. [OE. spite, AS. spitu; akin to D. spit, G. spiess, OHG. spiz, Dan. spid. Sw. spett,
and to G. spitz pointed. &radic170.]
1. A long, slender, pointed rod, usually of iron, for holding meat while roasting.
2. A small point of land running into the sea, or a long, narrow shoal extending from the shore into the
sea; as, a spit of sand. Cook.
3. The depth to which a spade goes in digging; a spade; a spadeful. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
(Spit), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spitted; p. pr. & vb. n. Spitting.] [From Spit, n.; cf. Speet.]
1. To thrust a spit through; to fix upon a spit; hence, to thrust through or impale; as, to spit a loin of veal.
"Infants spitted upon pikes." Shak.
2. To spade; to dig. [Prov. Eng.]
(Spit), v. i. To attend to a spit; to use a spit. [Obs.]
She's spitting in the kitchen.Old Play.
(Spit), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spat, archaic); p. pr. & vb. n. Spitting.] [AS. spittan; akin to G. spützen,
Dan. spytte, Sw. spotta,Icel. spta, and prob. E. spew. The past tense spat is due to AS. sptte,
from sptan to spit. Cf. Spat, n., Spew, Spawl, Spot, n.]
1. To eject from the mouth; to throw out, as saliva or other matter, from the mouth. "Thus spit I out my
2. To eject; to throw out; to belch.
Spitted was sometimes used as the preterit and the past participle. "He . . . shall be mocked, and spitefully
entreated, and spitted on." Luke xviii. 32.
(Spit), n. The secretion formed by the glands of the mouth; spitle; saliva; sputum.
(Spit), v. i.
1. To throw out saliva from the mouth.