• WordNet 3.6
    • v spray scatter in a mass or jet of droplets "spray water on someone","spray paint on the wall"
    • v spray cover by spraying with a liquid "spray the wall with paint"
    • v spray be discharged in sprays of liquid "Water sprayed all over the floor"
    • n spray a dispenser that turns a liquid (such as perfume) into a fine mist
    • n spray flower arrangement consisting of a single branch or shoot bearing flowers and foliage
    • n spray a jet of vapor
    • n spray a quantity of small objects flying through the air "a spray of bullets"
    • n spray a pesticide in suspension or solution; intended for spraying
    • n spray water in small drops in the atmosphere; blown from waves or thrown up by a waterfall
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Spotted skunks do handstands before they spray
    • Spray A collective body of small branches, or cut flowers with long stems; as, the tree has a beautiful spray; many sprays were sent in condolence to teh funeral home. "And from the trees did lop the needless spray ."
    • Spray (Founding) A group of castings made in the same mold and connected by sprues formed in the runner and its branches.
    • Spray (Med) A jet of fine medicated vapor, used either as an application to a diseased part or to charge the air of a room with a disinfectant or a deodorizer.
    • Spray (Founding) A side channel or branch of the runner of a flask, made to distribute the metal in all parts of the mold.
    • Spray A small shoot or branch; a twig. "The painted birds, companions of the spring,
      Hopping from spray to spray , were heard to sing."
    • Spray (Med) An instrument for applying such a spray; an atomizer.
    • Spray To let fall in the form of spray.
    • Spray To throw spray upon; to treat with a liquid in the form of spray; as, to spray a wound, or a surgical instrument, with carbolic acid.
    • Spray Water flying in small drops or particles, as by the force of wind, or the dashing of waves, or from a waterfall, and the like.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you spray an antiseptic spray on a polar bear, its fur will turn purple
    • n spray A branch of a tree with its branchlets, especially when slender and graceful; also, twigs, or such branches collectively; a stem of flowers or leaves; a sprig.
    • n spray An orchard; a grove.
    • n spray A binding-stick for thatching.
    • n spray Any ornament, pattern, or design in the form of a branch or sprig: as, a spray of diamonds; an embroidered spray.
    • n spray Water flying in small drops or particles, as by the force of wind, or the dashing of waves, or from a waterfall; water or other liquid broken up into small particles and driven (as by an atomizer) along by a current of air or other gas. Winds raise some of the salt with the spray.
    • spray To throw in the form of spray; let fall as spray; scatter in minute drops or particles.
    • spray To sprinkle with fine drops; dampen by means of spray, as of perfume, or of some adhesive liquid used to preserve drawings and the like.
    • spray To discharge or scatter a liquid in the form of spray: as, the instrument will either spout or spray.
    • n spray A set of castings fed from a common runner, to which they are still attached by the smaller channels or sprues, and resembling a branch with twigs and leaves.
    • spray To protect (cultivated plants) from insect enemies and vegetable parasites by covering them with a spray which has a toxic effect, upon the animal or vegetable organisms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal in Reno, Nevada to conceal a spray-painted shopping cart in your basement.
    • n Spray sprā small particles of water driven by the wind, as from the top of waves, &c
    • n Spray sprā a small shoot of a tree
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  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “Doesn't make much sense to me to spray everything with chemicals when you're trying to clean.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably from a Dutch or Low German form akin to E. spread,. See Spread (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Akin to Ice. sprek, a twig, Dan. sprag; Doublet sprig.


In literature:

The bounding spray dashed 'gainst the midnight stars In its wild flight shedding salt tears.
"The Poetry of Wales" by John Jenkins
She loved to watch the tide come foaming up, and to feel the salt spray in her face.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
But I shall spray it, and it will be better.
"The Moving Picture Girls at Sea" by Laura Lee Hope
Ned says it is better yet to spray them.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
She carried only a few of her most perfect sprays.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
He gazed languidly at a spray, now dry and old.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
They raised mountains of water, which dashed in spray over the raft, already tossed to and fro by the waves.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
The spray near the window had ceased its tapping against the shutter, and was listening too.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
Spraying is of no avail.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
Under a pale February sun Nelly was out on the sea-braes, where the sprays of the briar-roses were swept in circles, streaming far and wide.
"Girlhood and Womanhood" by Sarah Tytler
Ahead of him were dark rocks surrounded by the white lace of spray.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
And when his throat was sprayed he could talk with less effort.
"The Moving Picture Girls" by Laura Lee Hope
An excellent plan is to have conveniently at hand what is called a hand spray, attached to a long rubber tube.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
Presently the apparently sportive crowd made a rush forwards and resolved itself into a spray of swiftly moving skirmishers.
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett
From time to time a jet of spray shot up above them, white as lilies in the gloom.
"Oriental Encounters" by Marmaduke Pickthall
Spraying the clothes with a spray of formaldehyde is an effective way of disinfecting them.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Showers of spray came flying over my head, which prevented me from seeing how near I was to it.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
This was taken after we had sprayed.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Thus spraying was found to be of no use whatever.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The spraying method seems to give better and faster results.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association

In poetry:

He came al so still
There his mother lay,
As dew in April
That falleth on the spray.
"Carol" by Anonymous British
Unweariedly he waits from day to day,
Nor knows, as I know now, that when we meet,
'Twill be as dewdrop on the hawthorn spray,--
The ultimate of God at last complete.
"The Vow Forsworn" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
The infant smiles of blushing May,
The buds that carol on the spray,
Can boast no charms to Sorrow's child ;
For Fancy weaves her visions wild,
And sings of vanish'd hours.
"The Outcast" by Laura Sophia Temple
Brief as the wild-flow'r that lives on the spray,
Brief as the bright dew that hangs on the morning ;
Youth gives its blossoms to Life's barren way,
All the drear waste for an instant adorning.
"Song III" by Laura Sophia Temple
These winter days on Lettermore
The brown west wind it sweeps the bay,
And icy rain beats on the bare
Unhomely fields that perish there:
The stony fields of Lettermore
That drink the white Atlantic spray.
"Lettermore" by Francis Brett Young
A little, languid, mocking breeze
That rustles through the Jasmin flowers
And stirs among the Tamarind trees;
A little gurgle of the spray
That drips, unheard, though silent hours,
Then breaks in sudden bubbling play.
"Protest:" by Laurence Hope

In news:

A dry shampoo in spray form.
We test an all-natural bug spray in the wilds of Central Park.
In the face of a growing West Nile virus threat, most Dallas County communities opted to aerially spray their urban centers.
Ex- Cabana boy Jonathan Hays was hard at work, spraying women down on a sultry Friday afternoon with a bottle of Evian water.
Students at Albert Lea High School came to the campus Thursday to find toilet paper, chalk on sidewalks and spray-painted signs.
' Casually Pepper Spraying Cop' Meme Takes Off.
UC-Davis Police Casually Pepper Spray Sitting Protesters.
Ventura Police say they've arrested a woman on charges she attacked a 12-year-old neighbor with a can of insecticide, spraying her in the face.
Students' parent enraged by school police's 'excessive' use of pepper spray at Chaparral .
Spray a 9x9 nice square pan with cooking spray.
Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray.
The award-winning spray analysis testing system arms researchers with data needed to help farmers curb spray drift and comply with new EPA regulations.
Be sure and spray the grill with cooking spray.
You do NOT need to spray jars with cooking spray.
Pour into a bundt pan which has been sprayed with baking spray or greased and floured.

In science:

Anastaseie, The Differential Geometry of Lagrangians which Generate Sprays.
Generalized Sprays and Nonlinear Connections
Dodson, Sprays, universality and stability, Math.
Generalized Sprays and Nonlinear Connections
Voutier, Formes ext´erieures g´eneratrices de sprays, Ann.
Generalized Sprays and Nonlinear Connections
The bending of the electron in the 4T magnetic fleld results in an azimuthal spray of energy reaching the ECAL.
The CMS High Level Trigger
Generalising the classical case of sampling from iid uniforms [24, Proposition 4.11.2], the distribution of the bivariate point process of upper (or lower) record values and durations follows from the spraying property of Poisson processes.
Coherent random permutations with record statistics
Three approaches commonly used are known as p-stop, p-spray, and moderated p-spray.
Silicon Sensors implemented on p-type substrates for high radiation resistance applications
The vertical lift of a vector field is canonically defined and is (cid:12)(cid:12)(cid:12)t=0 The geodesic spray S is the section S ∈ ΓT T M such that π∗ ◦ S = π1 ◦ S and the geodesic curves of S is the geodesic flow of η .
Geometry of generalized higher order fields. Applications to classical linear electrodynamics
Indeed, we have two possible semi-sprays defined in the problem.
Geometry of generalized higher order fields. Applications to classical linear electrodynamics
However, the Lorentz-Dirac spray is not physically acceptable: it is well known that it contains un-physical solutions.
Geometry of generalized higher order fields. Applications to classical linear electrodynamics
Another natural spray corresponds to the geodesic equation of the pseudo-Riemannian metric η .
Geometry of generalized higher order fields. Applications to classical linear electrodynamics
Kaluza-Klein dimensional reduction theories does not provides a natural spray to define a convenient connection.
Geometry of generalized higher order fields. Applications to classical linear electrodynamics
In view of the above remarks we need to keep in mind that the equation governing the dynamics of a point charged particle is not necessarily a (semi)-spray.
Geometry of generalized higher order fields. Applications to classical linear electrodynamics
The inter-pixel isolation is adapted from the APS sensor and follows the moderated p-spray concept .
Prototype ATLAS IBL Modules using the FE-I4A Front-End Readout Chip
The vector field G is called the associated spray to (M , F ).
On Generalized m-th Root Finsler Metrics
Gi and Gi are the geodesic spray coefficients of ¯F and F , respectively.
On Generalized m-th Root Finsler Metrics