spit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spit expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth "The father of the victim spat at the alleged murderer"
    • v spit utter with anger or contempt
    • v spit drive a skewer through "skewer the meat for the BBQ"
    • v spit rain gently "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick"
    • n spit the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)
    • n spit a skewer for holding meat over a fire
    • n spit a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches
    • n spit a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Radford, VA you are not allowed to spit, loogie, puke or urinate on the streets.
    • Spit A long, slender, pointed rod, usually of iron, for holding meat while roasting.
    • Spit 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.
    • Spit The depth to which a spade goes in digging; a spade; a spadeful.
    • n Spit The secretion formed by the glands of the mouth; spitle; saliva; sputum.
    • v. i Spit To attend to a spit; to use a spit. "She's spitting in the kitchen."
    • Spit To eject from the mouth; to throw out, as saliva or other matter, from the mouth. "Thus spit I out my venom."
    • Spit To eject; to throw out; to belch.
    • Spit To rain or snow slightly, or with sprinkles. "It had been spitting with rain."
    • Spit To spade; to dig.
    • Spit To throw out saliva from the mouth.
    • Spit 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Spit Bergen, Norway at one time of the year the sun shines continuously for three and a half months.
    • n spit A slender bar, sharply pointed at the end, to be thrust through meat which is to be roasted in front of the fire. The rotation of the spit brings all parts of the meat in turn to the heat. The ordinary spit is several feet long, and rests on supports at the sides of the fireplace. Shorter spits are used for small birds, kidneys, etc. See cut under spit-rack.
    • n spit A sword.
    • n spit The obelisk or dagger () used as a reference-mark.
    • n spit A small point of land running into the sea, or a long narrow shoal extending from the shore into the sea.
    • n spit In weaving, the spindle or wire which holds the cop, spool, or pirn in the shuttle.
    • spit To thrust a spit through; pierce, transfix, or impale with or as with a spit: as, to spit a loin of veal.
    • spit To string on a stick and hang up to dry, as herring in a smoke-house.
    • spit To roast anything on a spit; attend to a spit; use a spit.
    • spit To eject saliva from the mouth; expectorate.
    • spit To fall in scattered drops, as rain.
    • spit To make a noise as if spitting, like an angry cat.
    • spit To eject from the mouth; spew; especially, to eject as or with saliva: as, to spit blood.
    • n spit What is ejected from the mouth; saliva; spume.
    • n spit The act of spitting: as, a cat gives an angry spit.
    • n spit In entomology:
    • n spit The spume of certain inseets; a frothy, fleecy, or waxy substance secreted by various homopterous bugs from specialized pores scattered over the general surface of the body.
    • n spit An insect which produces such spume: as, the cuckoo-spit, Ptyelus spumarius. See spittle-insect.
    • n spit A light fall of rain or snow; especially, rain or snow falling in light gusts or scattered drops or flakes.
    • n spit Image; likeness.
    • spit To spade; plant by spading.
    • n spit A spade; hence, the depth of a spade in the earth; a spading or spadeful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over billions of years, black holes become white holes and they spit out all of the things they sucked in. the atoms are completely jumbled, so no one knows what will ever come out. Theoratically they'll also turn into a white hole. If you were unfortunate enough to fall within one, you would never actually hit -- because time would stop at some point within the event horizon (space outside) of the black hole. Thanx De Composed
    • n Spit spit an iron prong on which meat is roasted: a long piece of land or a narrow shoal running into the sea: a wire or spindle holding a spool in a shuttle
    • v.t Spit to pierce with a spit: to string on a stick and hang up to dry:—pr.p. spit′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. spit′ted
    • v.t Spit spit to throw out from the mouth: to eject with violence
    • v.i Spit to throw out saliva from the mouth: to fall in scattered drops, as rain at the beginning of a shower: to make a spitting sound, like an angry cat:—pr.p. spit′ting; pa.t. spit, spat; pa.p. spit
    • n Spit saliva, spume: a light fall of rain or snow
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Quotations

  • Pablo Picasso
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    “If I spit, they will take my spit and frame it as great art.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Put an Irishman on the spit and you can always get another Irishman to turn him.”
  • Diogenes of Sinope
    Diogenes of Sinope
    “In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.”
  • Carl Sandburg
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    “Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.”

Idioms

Make you spit - If something makes you spit, it irritates you or makes you angry.
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Spit blood - If someone is spitting blood, they are absolutely furious.
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Spit it out - People say this when someone has something to say but is too embarrassed, shy, etc, to say it.
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Spit the dummy - Reference to an infant spitting out their dummy (or pacifier) in order to cry. 'To spit the dummy' is to give up.
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Spitting image - If a person is the spitting image of somebody, they look exactly alike.('Spit and image' is also used and some suggest it is a hasty pronunciation of "spirit & image", to suggest that someone completely resembles someone else. Example: He's the spirit & image of his grandfather.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)

Usage

In literature:

When the cook had prepared the meat for roasting, he found that the dog which should have wrought the spit had disappeared.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
But as the Eye of Re she was identified with the fire-spitting uraeus-serpent which the king or god wore on his forehead.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
Anon the gumchewer spits.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
In the lee of Shingle Spit it was calm enough, and so, for all the boom of the sea outside, Bess had time for revery.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
Come on, spit it out.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
Cooper squatted down beside the coals of the cooking fire and twirled the spit.
"Project Mastodon" by Clifford Donald Simak
As Edgar and his friend were watching the French fleet a vessel was seen over the spit of sand.
"At Aboukir and Acre" by George Alfred Henty
He sat crouched like a vicious dog on the window-ledge, howling and spitting at us as we passed.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Do you agree... you little spit-fire, eh?
"A Ghetto Violet" by Leopold Kompert
If you allow that man in my apartment again I will spit you both.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
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In poetry:

"Once I too marched in Flanders,
The very spit of you,
And just a hundred years since,
To fall at Waterloo.
"Comrades" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
"But now you march in Flanders,
The very spit of me;
To the ending of the day's march
I'll bear you company."
"Comrades" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
And I think still of men in green
On the Soputa track,
With fifteen spitting tommy-guns
To keep the jungle back.
"Men In Green" by David Campbell
A ring of fire its lips were nigh
Yet it seemed all unwitting;
It could not spit, like you and I,
Who've learned the art of spitting.
"The Smoking Frog" by Robert W Service
If you do not want your heart
Burnt at a small flame
Like a spitted sheep,
Fly the love of women.
Fire burns what it touches,
But love burns from afar.
"Fire And Love" by Edward Powys Mathers
My friend may spit upon my curious floore:
Would he have gold? I lend it instantly; But let the poore,
And thou within them starve at doore.
I cannot use a friend, as I use Thee.
"Unkindnesse" by George Herbert

In news:

Michael Tusk's Spit-Roasted Suckling Pig.
Michael Tusk's Spit-Roasted Suckling Pig .
I didn't spit my gum out, because I go through a lot of gum normally.
Swish -And-Spit Sports Drink Strategy.
Termite spit may soon help fill our gas tanks.
Seed-spitting And Terrarium -building Fun.
Mom says teacher told students to spit on boy.
School officials confirm the teacher involved in an alleged spitting incident has been placed on administrative leave.
Mom Says Teacher Told Students to Spit on Her Son.
Michael Tusk 's Spit-Roasted Suckling Pig.
Michael Tusk 's Spit-Roasted Suckling Pig – Find advice about this and other Recipes essentials from Men's Journal.
Central to it is a "cupping" room, in which testers sip their java and then spit it out like one does during a wine tasting.
Allentown man accused of spitting cocaine on Wind Gap officer.
Should I spit on his grave, create a scene, or even attend it.
Burmese Generals Ask Less Spit, More Polish.
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In science:

Both server side and client side Black List are very useless against Direct IP Spitting for different reasons.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
Client sided Black Lists are circumvented by Direct IP Spitting, because the caller can take on any identity in order to place calls.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
The authors of explain that the user feedback can be used additionally for calls that were not detected by other SPIT preventing components.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
Again we will also take a closer look of practical issues of the anti SPIT mechanism.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
The reason for this argumentation is, that the user must classify a call as SPIT via a button or by entering a value.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
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