• WordNet 3.6
    • n sprue a chronic disorder that occurs in tropical and non-tropical forms and in both children and adults; nutrients are not absorbed; symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhea and emaciation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sprue (Med) Same as Sprew.
    • Sprue (Founding) Strictly, the hole through which melted metal is poured into the gate, and thence into the mold.
    • Sprue (Founding) The waste piece of metal cast in this hole; hence, dross.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sprue In casting metal, one of the passages leading from the “skimming-gate” to the mold; also, the metal which fills the sprue or sprue-gate after solidification: same as dead-head, 1 . Also called sprue-gate.
    • n sprue A piece of metal or wood used by a molder in making the ingate through the sand.
    • n sprue See sprew.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sprue sprōō in casting, one of the passages leading to the mould, also the metal which solidifies in it—deadhead
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Etymol. uncertain


In literature:

Sprue, IV, 525; treatment of, IV, 525.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)" by W. Grant Hague, M.D.
Sprue is a form of sore mouth.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Some tops of sprue grass may be boiled in a little stock till tender, and rubbed through a tamis.
"The Art of Cookery" by John Mollard

In news:

The box contains crisply molded sprues with beautiful surface detail.
My copy had heavy flash in a few spots, and the chrome sprue was thick and out of scale – so much so that I chose to strip the parts and rechrome them using Alclad.
Trumpeter's 1/32 scale F-117A Nighthawk plastic model kit is molded in medium gray plastic on 10 sprues.
Removing Parts from Sprue .
Sprue Brothers Models LLC, headquartered in Liberty, Mo.
Small bowel intussusception associated with celiac sprue .
Cyber-hobby's 1/72 scale Sea Vixen is a beautiful model consisting of three sprues of crisply detailed parts, and good instructions.
Parts are spread out over several sprues of light gray plastic.
Sprue from a model kit cut into small pieces and dissolved in liquid model cement.
Celiac disease, also known as gluten- sensitive enteropathy and sprue, is receiving a lot of attention in the popular media.
Melt and stretch plastic sprue into useful scale modeling parts.
One of the most useful skills when it comes to creating parts is stretching plastic sprue.