(Spread"-ea`gle) a. Characterized by a pretentious, boastful, exaggerated style; defiantly
or extravagantly bombastic; as, a spread-eagle orator; a spread-eagle speech. [Colloq.& Humorous]
1. One who, or that which, spreads, expands, or propogates.
2. A machine for combining and drawing fibers of flax to form a sliver preparatory to spinning.
(Spread"ing*ly), adv. Increasingly.
The best times were spreadingly infected.Milton.
(Sprech"er*y) n. [Cf. Gael. spreidh cattle.] Movables of an inferior description; especially,
such as have been collected by depredation. [Scot.]
(Spree) n. [Cf. Ir. spre a spark, animation, spirit, Gael. spraic. Cf. Sprack.] A merry frolic; especially,
a drinking frolic; a carousal. [Colloq.]
(Sprenge) v. t. [OE. sprengen, p. p. sprent, spreint, from AS. sprengen to sprinkle. See
Sprinkle.] To sprinkle; to scatter. [Obs.] Wyclif
(Spreng"el pump`) (Physics) A form of air pump in which exhaustion is produced by a
stream of mercury running down a narrow tube, in the manner of an aspirator; named from the inventor.
(Sprent) obs. p. p. of Sprenge. Sprinkled.
All the ground with purple blood was sprent.Spenser.
(Sprew) n. [Cf. D. sprouw, spruw.] (Med.) Thrush. [Local, U.S.]
(Spreynd) obs. p. p. of Sprenge. Sprinkled.
When spreynd was holy water.Chaucer.
(Sprig) n. [AS. sprec; akin to Icel. sprek a stick. Cf. Spray a branch.]
1. A small shoot or twig of a tree or other plant; a spray; as, a sprig of laurel or of parsley.
2. A youth; a lad; used humorously or in slight disparagement.
A sprig whom I remember, with a whey-face and a satchel, not so many years ago.Sir W. Scott.