spoon

Definitions

  • A few knives, forks, and spoons unearthed at Jamestown
    A few knives, forks, and spoons unearthed at Jamestown
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spoon snuggle and lie in a position where one person faces the back of the others
    • v spoon scoop up or take up with a spoon "spoon the sauce over the roast"
    • n spoon a piece of cutlery with a shallow bowl-shaped container and a handle; used to stir or serve or take up food
    • n spoon formerly a golfing wood with an elevated face
    • n spoon as much as a spoon will hold "he added two spoons of sugar"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The pewter spoon handle at the top, unearthed at Jamestown, is the oldest dated piece of American pewter in existence. It was made by Joseph Copeland of Chuckatuck, Va., in 1675. The spoon on the bottom is a conjectural restoration of Copeland’s specimen The pewter spoon handle at the top, unearthed at Jamestown, is the oldest dated piece of American pewter in...
PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River and its tributaries PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River...
Dish ran away with the Spoon Dish ran away with the Spoon
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon And the Dish ran away with the Spoon
serving dish and spoon serving dish and spoon
Polish up the spoons and the fat silver teapot Polish up the spoons and the fat silver teapot
Dish, spoon, cow, moon Dish, spoon, cow, moon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pilgrims did not eat with forks. They only used spoons, knives and their fingers
    • Spoon (Golf) A wooden club with a lofted face.
    • Spoon An implement consisting of a small bowl (usually a shallow oval) with a handle, used especially in preparing or eating food. "“Therefore behoveth him a full long spoon That shall eat with a fiend,” thus heard I say.""He must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil."
    • Spoon Anything which resembles a spoon in shape; esp. Fishing, a spoon bait.
    • Spoon Fig.: A simpleton; a spooney.
    • Spoon In croquet, golf, etc., to push or shove (a ball) with a lifting motion, instead of striking with an audible knock.
    • Spoon In croquet, golf, etc., to spoon a ball.
    • v. i Spoon (Naut) See Spoom. "We might have spooned before the wind as well as they."
    • v. i Spoon To act with demonstrative or foolish fondness, as one in love.
    • Spoon (Fishing) To catch by fishing with a spoon bait. "He had with him all the tackle necessary for spooning pike."
    • Spoon To fish with a spoon bait.
    • Spoon To take up in, or as in, a spoon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: New Jersey has a spoon museum that has over 5,400 spoons from across the world
    • n spoon A thin piece of wood; a splinter; a chip.
    • n spoon A utensil consisting of a bowl or concave part and a handle, used for conveying liquids or liquid food to the mouth. Spoons were originally of wood, later of horn or metal. They are now made usually of silver, gold, iron, or mixed metal, of wood, horn, shell, or other materials, in various sizes and shapes, and for a great variety of purposes. Compare dessert-spoon, egg-spoon, table-spoon, etc.
    • n spoon Something wholly or in part like a spoon (def. 2) or the bowl of a spoon in shape. Specifically— The blade of an oar when broad and slightly curved, or an oar with such a curved blade.
    • n spoon At Yale, formerly, the student who took the last appointment at the Junior Exhibition; later, the most popular student in a class.
    • spoon To take up or out with a spoon or ladle; remove with a spoon; empty or clean out with a spoon: often with up: as, to spoon up a liquid.
    • spoon To lie close to, the face of one to the back of the other, as the bowl of one spoon within that of another. Compare spoon-fashion.
    • spoon In croquet, to use the mallet as a spoon; push or shove the ball along with the mallet instead of striking it smartly as is required by the strict rules of the game.
    • spoon To fish with spoon-bait.
    • spoon To lie spoonfashion. Compare I., 2.
    • spoon Same as spoom.
    • n spoon A foolish fellow; a simpleton; a spoony; a silly lover.
    • n spoon A fit of silliness; especially, a fit of silly love.
    • spoon To be a spoon or spoony; be sillily in love.
    • n spoon In pianoforte-making, see damper-lifter.
    • n spoon In cricket, a mishit which sends the ball high in the air.
    • spoon In angling, to fish for with spoon-bait.
    • spoon In golf, croquet, and similar games, to send (the ball) into the air with the club or mallet.
    • spoon Specifically, in cricket, to send (the ball) high in the air by a mishit.
    • spoon In golf, to move (the club) very slowly in putting, as though it were a teaspoon: an unfair stroke.
    • spoon To be spoony about; be in love with; court.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The table fork was introduced into England in 1601. Until then people would eat with their knives, spoons or fingers. When Queen Elizabeth first used a fork, the clergy went ballistic. They felt it was an insult to God not to touch meat with one's fingers.
    • n Spoon spōōn an instrument with a shallow bowl and handle for use in preparing, serving, or in eating food: anything like a spoon or its bowl, as an oar: in golf, a wooden-headed club of varying length, having the face more or less spooned, used in approaching the holes from varying distances
    • v.t Spoon to use a spoon upon: to lie spoon fashion with
    • v.i Spoon to fish with a spoon-hook: in croquet, to shove or scoop with the mallet: to be foolishly fond, to indulge in endearments openly
    • n Spoon a simple fellow: one foolishly fond of a sweetheart
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Quotations

  • Charles Buxton
    Charles Buxton
    “The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.”
  • Yiddish Proverb
    Yiddish Proverb
    “If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water.”
  • Edward M. Forster
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    “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”
  • Welsh Proverb
    Welsh Proverb
    “A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom.”
  • T. S. Eliot
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    “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.”

Idioms

Born with a silver spoon in your mouth - If you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you are born into a rich family.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. spon, AS. spōn, a chip; akin to D. spaan, G. span, Dan. spaan, Sw. spån, Icel. spánn, spónn, a chip, a spoon. √170. Cf. Span-new

Usage

In literature:

It is not allowable to touch the potato with anything but the spoon.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
Does one pin himself with badges if he plies an enthusiastic spoon in an ice-cream dish?
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
A peculiar square and spoon-pointed iron shovel.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I know the way to my mouth with a spoonful of poddish, and that's all.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Well, he gave me a spoonful of something like water, mixed in water.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Father had to feed you with a spoon!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
A spoon is employed for food that can not be eaten with a fork.
"How To Behave: A Pocket Manual Of Republican Etiquette, And Guide To Correct Personal Habits" by Samuel R Wells
Spoon.= Keep your spoon clean by washing with soap and water after every meal.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon, But a swarm in July is not worth a fly.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
M. M. Spirit of wine and warm water, one spoonful of each.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
He had been born with a golden spoon in his mouth, and was learning golf from the inside.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
Beth shovelled some spoonfuls of pudding into her mouth very quickly.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Then they zay, 'Will you take the spoon?
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
Chillun eat with wooden spoons.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
But dear Rose did her best for me, and put me in a spoon to carry.
"Dick and His Cat and Other Tales" by Various
Better let them go to hell in their own way than attempt to spoon-feed them.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Wipe off the bottom of the spoon, Fig.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
She reappeared in a minute with a bottle from the First Aid chest and a spoon.
"The Campfire Girls on Ellen's Isle" by Hildegard G. Frey
Serve hot with a spoonful of whipped cream on top.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
Honest, if she didn't take and bring me a spoon!
"The Wooing of Calvin Parks" by Laura E. Richards
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In poetry:

Between times a plain life
crushed pill on a sweet spoon.
Can word wells spout
at this dry time?
"At One Time" by Raymond Queneau
Now we had arranged, through notes exchanged
Early that afternoon,
At Number Four to waltz no more,
But to sit in the dusk and spoon.
"Pink Dominoes" by Rudyard Kipling
And he ast about the lodgers,
(Vich her master let some rooms),
Likevise vere they kep their things, and
Vere her master kep his spoons.
"The Ballad Of Eliza Davis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Sweet friends of mine, be spoons once more,
And with your tender cooing
Renew the keen delights of yore—
The rapturous bliss of wooing.
"With Two Spoons For Two Spoons" by Eugene Field
"Young man," he said, "You're wasting time.
Why do you sit there mooning?
So brave a youth, just in his prime,
Should find more joy in spooning.
For see! the ocean hath its pearls.
Go forth and mingle with the girls!"
"The Minglers" by C J Dennis
Be warned! Seek not to sully my fair fame.
Who stole the papers?. . . Ah!. . . Then have a care
The man that pawned the spoons - I know his name;
And I'm aware
Who lured the girl aboard the lugger. Aye!
All - all is known to me, for I was nigh.
"Aha! Beware" by C J Dennis

In news:

Spoon a thin layer of sauce into the bottom of a 913inch baking dish.
Like real world junk food a spoonful of click-through sugar can be good for the soul every now and then.
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled).
While they may have the charm and feel of a school cafeteria, these spoons are so useful and practical that you'll wonder how you lived without them.
Spoon peaches over the filling.
On this week's edition of Wednesday Rewind, Spoon gets paranormal and the Black Angels entertain Rolling Stone, while the Octopus Project just gets weirder and weirder.
Britt Daniel and Spoon brought me back from the edge last winter and early spring.
Drop by spoonfuls in greased muffin pan.
Spoon the nectarines and the sauce over four bowls of oatmeal which has already been prepared.
The drip spoon plate society.
One Spoonful And You're in Bilbao.
A spoonful of Sugar helps the hiking go down.
To serve, spoon the sauce onto each plate and set two strudels atop the sauce (one for a first course).
Three Plates, Six Spoons and One Tea Pot.
A dragon tail was constructed using porcelain China plates, spoons cups and bowls.
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In science:

Odersky, M., Spoon, L., and Venners, B. 2008 Programming in Scala: a Comprehensive Step -By-Step Guide. 1st. Artima Incorporation.
Comparative Studies of 10 Programming Languages within 10 Diverse Criteria - a Team 10 COMP6411-S10 Term Report
Spoon et al. (2000) has recently pointed out a caveat when using this diagnostic, and it should also be noted that these diagnostics have not yet been applied to luminous QSOs.
Star-Forming AGN Host Galaxies
Whether the intervening number of failures is 5 or 500 depends on how hard you have to look for it to count − consider the non-detection of gravitational radiation every time you hold a large spoon up to your ear and don’t hear it ring.
Astrophysics in 2006
Various alternatives for measuring silicate strength when longer, reliable continuum baselines can be used are discussed by Spoon et al. (2007) and Sirocky et al. (2008).
Infrared Classification and Luminosities For Dusty AGN and the Most Luminous Quasars
F I G . 5 . — Water-ice and HAC opacity templates derived from L-ban d (Imanishi et al. 2006) and IRS (Spoon et al. 2004) spectra of ULIRGs (see text).
Decomposing Dusty Galaxies. I. Multi-Component Spectral Energy Distribution Fitting
The possibility of large-scale collective flow induced by the SSM 3He gradient is a long-standing concern: even recent explorations of the known SSM “solar spoon” overstability conclude that mixing of some amplitude could result .
Solar and Supernova Constraints on Cosmologically Interesting Neutrinos
The core mixing possibilities associated with the solar spoon overstability and a persistant convective core have been discussed for many years. • The question of whether such core mixing would arise in a 3D (or 2D) solar model is, at this point, purely speculative.
Solar and Supernova Constraints on Cosmologically Interesting Neutrinos
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