Sprawl to Spring
(Sprawl) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sprawled (spr&addld); p. pr. & vb. n. Sprawling.] [OE. spraulen; cf.
Sw. sprattla to sprawl, dial. Sw. spralla, Dan. spælle, sprælde, D. spartelen, spertelen, to flounder, to
1. To spread and stretch the body or limbs carelessly in a horizontal position; to lie with the limbs stretched
2. To spread irregularly, as vines, plants, or tress; to spread ungracefully, as chirography.
3. To move, when lying down, with awkward extension and motions of the limbs; to scramble in creeping.
The birds were not fledged; but upon sprawling and struggling to get clear of the flame, down they tumbled.L'Estrange.
(Sprawls) n. pl. Small branches of a tree; twigs; sprays. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
(Spray) n. [Cf. Dan. sprag. See Sprig.]
1. A small shoot or branch; a twig. Chaucer.
The painted birds, companions of the spring,Dryden.
Hopping from spray, were heard to sing.
2. A collective body of small branches; as, the tree has a beautiful spray.
And from the trees did lop the needless spray.Spenser.
3. (Founding) (a) A side channel or branch of the runner of a flask, made to distribute the metal in all
parts of the mold. (b) A group of castings made in the same mold and connected by sprues formed in
the runner and its branches. Knight.
Spray drain (Agric.), a drain made by laying under earth the sprays or small branches of trees, which
keep passages open.
(Spray), n. [probably from a Dutch or Low German form akin to E. spread. See Spread, v. t.]
1. Water flying in small drops or particles, as by the force of wind, or the dashing of waves, or from a
waterfall, and the like.
2. (Med.) (a) A jet of fine medicated vapor, used either as an application to a diseased part or to
charge the air of a room with a disinfectant or a deodorizer. (b) An instrument for applying such a spray; an
Spray condenser (Steam Engine) an injection condenser in which the steam is condensed by a spray
of water which mingles with it.
(Spray), v. t.
1. To let fall in the form of spray. [Poetic] M. Arnold.
2. To throw spray upon; to treat with a liquid in the form of spray; as, to spray a wound, or a surgical
instrument, with carbolic acid.
(Spray`board) n. (Naut.) See Dashboard, n., 2 (b).
(Spread) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spread; p. pr. & vb. n. Spreading.] [OE. spreden, AS. sprædan; akin
to D. spreiden, spreijen, LG. spreden, spreen, spreien, G. spreiten, Dan. sprede, Sw. sprida. Cf.
Spray water flying in drops.]