spittle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spittle 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
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spittle A small sort of spade.
    • n Spittle See Spital.
    • n Spittle The thick, moist matter which is secreted by the salivary glands; saliva; spit.
    • v. t Spittle To dig or stir with a small spade.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spittle The mucous substance secreted by the salivary glands; saliva; saliva ejected from the mouth.
    • n spittle See spital.
    • n spittle A kind of small spade.
    • n spittle A spadelike implement with a short handle, used in putting cakes into an oven.
    • spittle To dig or stir with a small spade.
    • n spittle The secretion surrounding the larva of a spittle-insect.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Spittle the moist matter thrown from the mouth: saliva
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Spit to eject from the mouth: cf. Spattle, and AS. spātl,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. spittan, also spǽtan; Ice. spýta, Ger. spützen.

Usage

In literature:

Aye, rags it air, sopped in spittles and powder.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
He is said to have anointed the eyes of a blind man at Alexandria with the royal spittle, and to have restored his sight.
"Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine" by James Sands Elliott
Your every word is spittle in the face of the true believers.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
A servant is something to absorb the spittle of their irritability.
"Clair de Lune" by Michael Strange
He was a good marksman even with spittle, and the dog fled, whining.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
They'd tell you about it, their eyes gleaming, sometimes a slightest trickle of spittle at the sides of their mouths.
"Mercenary" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
In the direction the most of the spittle flew, she turned.
"The heart of happy hollow" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I come to the edge of your spittle where you repose.
"The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees" by James Mooney
His spittle had a bitter taste, his body pained him.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The Indian rolled over and pushed himself up on his hands and knees, a long string of blood and spittle dangling from his mouth.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
***

In poetry:

The hair of my blonde
Is dazzling,
As the spittle of cows
threading the wind.
"Depression Before Spring" by Wallace Stevens
An' whan the sergeant cam' to see,
An' march his men awa',
He glower'd and blether'd like a fule,
An' lat his spittle fa'.
"Ballad of The Monkland Cottar" by Janet Hamilton
The moon swagged in the air.
Out of the mist a girl tossed
Spittle of song; a hoarse light
Spattered the fog with heavy hair.
"Light" by Allen Tate
To God, till I was tir'd, I cry'd,
My throat grew hoarse, my spittle dry'd,
I look'd, and look'd so long, for thee,
My eyes grew dim, I cou'd not see.
"Part Of The Sixty-Ninth Psalm" by Rees Prichard
Behold, they spit on me in scornfull wise;
Who by my spittle gave the blinde man eies,
Leaving his blindnesse to mine enemies:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
For their derision, haply true,
I hate the stars, as wouldn't you?
But whether earth be great or little,
I do not care a fishwife's spittle;
I do not fret its where or why,—
Today's a day and I am I.
"My Vineyard" by Robert W Service

In news:

Previously unappreciated for their spittle-transferring abilities.
Judge Scuttles Slander Suit Over Paul Hastings Lawyer's Spittle .
Slander Suit Says Paul Hastings Lawyer's Spittle Spurred Slap.
Nancy Spittle and Kathy Odziemek want you to show them your clips at the 208 Music Video Show.
SPITTLE, EXCREMENT, menstrual blood, the smell of rotting meat.
Alabama was up 38-7 over Mississippi State, but coach Nick Saban -- veins bulging, spittle flying and words pummeling -- was giving a backup player his own personal Crimson Tide.
Every region considered feces disgusting , while vomit, sweat, spittle, blood, pus, and sexual fluids inspired nearly universal loathing, closely followed by body parts and animals such as pigs, rats, maggots, worms, lice, and flies.
Kristen Spittle, (left) and Ilana Ariel perform the piece they wrote, "Girl on a Bridge," during the Ojai Playwrights Festival on Saturday afternoon.
Or spittle on the camo.
Slander Suit Says Paul Hastings Lawyer's Spittle Spurred Slap.
***