spatula

Definitions

  • griddle cakes and spatula
    griddle cakes and spatula
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spatula a hand tool with a thin flexible blade used to mix or spread soft substances
    • n spatula a turner with a narrow flexible blade
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spatula An implement shaped like a knife, flat, thin, and somewhat flexible, used for spreading paints, fine plasters, drugs in compounding prescriptions, etc. Cf. Palette knife, under Palette.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spatula A broad flat blade or strip of metal or wood, with unsharpened edges and a commonly rounded outer end (which may be spoon-shaped), and a handle: used for spreading, smoothing, scraping up, or stirring substances, comminuting powders, etc. Spatulas are usually set in handles like those of table-knives, and are of many shapes, sizes, and materials. Those used by druggists, painters, etc., are comparatively long and narrow, straight, and made of more or less fiexible steel. Fresco-painters use a trowel-shaped or spoon-shaped spatula for spreading wax or mortar upon the surface which is to receive the painting.
    • n spatula A genus of Anatinæ, having the bill much longer than the head or tarsus, twice as wide at the end as at the base, there broadly rounded and spoon-shaped, with narrow prominent nail and numerous protrusive lamellæ; the shoveler-ducks or souchets. The tail is short and pointed, of fourteen feathers. S. clypeata is the common shoveler (see cut under shoveler), S. rhynchotis is Australian, S. platalea is South American, S. capensis is South African, and S. variegata inhabits New Zealand. Also Rhynchaspis, Clypeata, and Spathulea.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spatula spat′ū-la a little spade: a broad kind of knife for spreading plasters
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. spatula, spathula, dim. of spatha, a spatula: F. spatule,. See Spade for digging
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. spatula, spathula, dim. of spatha—Gr. spathē.

Usage

In literature:

The ground up paper pulp is used for many casts, pressing it into mold with fingers and spatulas.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
Remove a very small quantity of the growth by means of the platinum spatula.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
He threw down his wooden modelling spatula.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
The embryo has the form of a spatula with the head at one end and the tail at the other.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
A very peculiar bird having the end of the bill broadened and flattened into a sort of spatula.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
When the water is boiling briskly add the meal gradually, beating constantly with a spatula or knife.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
At this moment the fashionable world is an oyster, which with his spatula an artist may open.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 119, September, 1867" by Various
She patted here and there with the spatula and stood back, her eyes proud and serious.
"She Knew He Was Coming" by Kris Neville
He waved a spatula at him and pointed out at the terrace.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
Broad-bladed Knife or Spatula.
"The Century Cook Book" by Mary Ronald
By the side of the painter stood a brazier which was used to heat the spatula and probably the prepared colours.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
Some people prefer two wooden spatulas, or a rammer spatula.
"De Re Metallica" by Georgius Agricola
Spatula clypeata {Shoveller or {From British America south.
"Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast" by Harry Thom Payne
He took out the cork, but his spatula was not in sight.
"The Story of a Doctor's Telephone--Told by His Wife" by Ellen M. Firebaugh
It was collected by Mr. Owen who believes it to have been used as a spatula for grinding paint upon the surface of a rock.
"The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley" by Harlan Ingersoll Smith
If the cheese is soft it can be stirred with a spatula until well mixed.
"The Book of Cheese" by Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
The width of the spatula averages 15 mm., but the size and shape of the spatula both vary considerably.
"Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times" by John Stewart Milne
Turn with a cake turner or spatula knife and cook on the other side.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne
The offer of a hoe in exchange for her spatula was accepted with joy.
"The Life and Labours of the Rev. Samuel Marsden" by Samuel Marsden
Surface view of a spatula-shaped embryo.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour
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In poetry:

I'm not flat and sly
Like a spatula creeping up from below.
At most I am a heavy and clumsy pestle
Mashing good and bad together
For a little taste
And a little fragrance.
"What Kind Of A Person" by Yehuda Amichai

In news:

Why he's rising: Coleman is Philadelphia's spatula-wielding king of all media.
Old, Weird Tech: Huge Spatula and Bacon Skates Edition.
As the Keystone Kitchen staff was cruising "Runs With Spatula's" amazing food blog this past week, we all said "OOOOOH".
Spread with a spatula to create ghost shape.
Fold in the blueberries and stir with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed.
PLATTSBURGH — CVPH Medical Center has turned over a new spatula.
1.Combine all ingredients for pineapple relish in mixing bowl and mix well using a wooden spoon or spatula.
With a rubber spatula, fold in the mangoes .
Pour batter into baking pan and smooth top with a rubber spatula.
Add the oysters with its liquor and mix with a rubber spatula.
Using a silicone spatula or wooden spoon, spread the mixture so the peanuts are in a single, even layer.
Using a large, rubber spatula, fold in the peanuts .
Using a rubber spatula, fold in chopped pecans .
Since 1992, when Hillary Clinton and Barbara Bush bumped spatulas, our First Lady cookie contest has been a terrific traditionand political pacesetter.
Spatulas, Yahoo and the conscience of a consumer.
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