• WordNet 3.6
    • n spreader a mechanical device for scattering something (seed or fertilizer or sand etc.) in all directions
    • n spreader a hand tool for spreading something "he used his knife as a spreader"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spreader A machine for combining and drawing fibers of flax to form a sliver preparatory to spinning.
    • Spreader One who, or that which, spreads, expands, or propagates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spreader One who or that which spreads, One who or that which expands, outspreads, or spreads abroad. See spread, v. i.
    • n spreader One who or that which extends, diffuses, disseminates, etc. See spread, v. t.
    • n spreader In flax-manuf., a machine for drawing and doubling flax from the heckles, and making it into slivers; a drawing-frame.
    • n spreader In cotton manufacturing, same as lapper, 2.
    • n spreader A device fitted to the nozle of a hose for causing the stream to spread into a thin fan of spray; a form of spray-nozle.
    • n spreader A bar, commonly of wood, used to hold two swingletrees apart, and thus form a substitute for a doubletree for a plow, stone-boat, cart, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Spreader one who, or that which, spreads, one who publishes or extends: any machine or implement for helping to scatter
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sprǽdan; Dut. spreiden, Ger. spreiten.


In literature:

Mr. DOUGHERTY is a Soarer, and a Spreader, and a Screamer.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 6, May 7, 1870" by Various
Then they made some rude spreaders from branches that Lew cut in the windrow.
"The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol" by Lewis E. Theiss
The shade is fairly good, but the tree is not a wide spreader.
"Gold, Sport, And Coffee Planting In Mysore" by Robert H. Elliot
He says the English were the principal spreaders of the report.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.)" by Edmund Burke
Fleas, as spreaders of disease, 74.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
A dangerous man was he, a spreader of seditious pamphlets?
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
The knife is used only for cutting, and for spreading butter on bread in the absence of butter spreaders.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
He cut two spruce spreaders, and strung his antennae.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The coating on the drum is controlled or regulated by a spreader.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Here's a royal feast spread for us, an' th' spreader's queen o' th' pirates!
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
The "wave" is formed by a copper spreader.
"The Turkish Bath" by Robert Owen Allsop
The time is ripe and over-ripe to call a halt upon these spreaders of outlandish and pernicious doctrines.
"Right Above Race" by Otto Hermann Kahn
Where there is no hose, a "spreader" will be found a most useful adjunct to a water-can, and is quite inexpensive.
"Small Gardens" by Violet Purton Biddle
Moist land; a rapid spreader by runners.
"Seeds of Michigan Weeds" by W. J. (William James) Beal
They will be the spreaders of rumours.
"Over Here" by Hector MacQuarrie
Waddles can be very formal and dignified and diplomatic when he wants to be, and as a salve spreader he has few equals and no superiors.
"Fore!" by Charles Emmett Van Loan
The slats, spreaders and floor-pieces were utilized as parts of sledges.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
We have a statute against the spreaders of false news.
"Rob of the Bowl, Vol. I (of 2)" by John P. Kennedy
While the lascars were clearing away a spare halliard, Peter began to replace the broken spreader and its insulators.
"The Wireless Officer" by Percy F. Westerman
I wanted to try it from the spreaders.
"The Clammer and the Submarine" by William John Hopkins

In poetry:

Felicity indeed! Across the years
To me her tones come back, rebuking; me,
Spreader of toils to snare the wandering Joy
No guile may capture and no force surprise—
Only by them that never wooed her, won.
"Felicity" by William Watson

In news:

SnowEx SuperMaxx Series Spreader Product Image.
Kilpatrick calls robins super- spreaders .
Kilpatrick dubs them "super- spreaders .".
The Caldwell Group, Inc, Rockford, IL, introduces a modular spreader beam configurable to various spreads from 10 to 22 ft. With capacities of 1 or 2 tons.
Spreader for bulk food products with pick-and-place.
The SP-7000 Tow Pro spreader , with 1.4-cu.-yd.
Harry Grafmyer and Jerremy Coy attach a salt spreader on a truck in Carlisle, Pa.
Cut through bark mixture several times with Small Spreader for marble effect.
Ice Spreaders, Snow & Ice Management.
Buyers also offers comparison charts for equal class salt spreader models at CompareSaltSpreaders.com.
BuzzFeed outs, busts NYSE rumor spreader.
Bergkamp's unique Variable Width Spreader Box provides flexibility for microsurfacing contractors.
Corsair presents its pack of 8GB DDR3 memory, Vengeance, which runs at a max of 1,600MHz with a 240-pin interface and comes with a custom heat spreader.
Road Supervisor Mel Miller said the new dump truck is ready for winter with a new plow and salt-spreader.
Sand spreader to treat icy roads.

In science:

Identification of influential spreaders in complex networks.
How Many Nodes are Effectively Accessed in Complex Networks?
The heat generated during a test session by an active core can be transfered away from the core through its lateral neighbourhood and through the heat spreader placed above the silicon die.
Rapid Generation of Thermal-Safe Test Schedules
Similarly, one can design droplet arc optics (analogous to the one illustrated in Fig. 47) using FODO cells as the basic building blocks. The spreader optics for both styles of focusing is illustrated in Fig. 48.
Accelerator design concept for future neutrino facilities
Fig. 48. Spreader optics showing uniform periodicity of beta functions and dispersion.
Accelerator design concept for future neutrino facilities
An inset photo of the LED, copied from the Luxeon datasheet, also shows the integrated solder pads and aluminum heat spreader mount essential in conducting heat away from the LED to a large efficient aluminum heat sink.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Identifying influential spreaders in complex networks.
Being Rational or Aggressive? A Revisit to Dunbar's Number in Online Social Networks