spud

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spud produce buds, branches, or germinate "the potatoes sprouted"
    • v spud initiate drilling operations, as for petroleum "The well was spudded in April"
    • n spud a sharp hand shovel for digging out roots and weeds
    • n spud an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name of the first menthol cigarette in the United States was "Spud."
    • Spud A dagger. "When he himself might his quietus make
      With a bare bodkin ."
    • Spud A potato.
    • Spud A sharp, narrow spade, usually with a long handle, used by farmers for digging up large-rooted weeds; a similarly shaped implement used for various purposes. "My spud these nettles from the stone can part."
    • Spud Anything short and thick; specifically, a piece of dough boiled in fat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Although explorers brought potatoes back from the New World in the early 1500s, Europeans were afraid to eat them for fear that the spuds would give them leprosy. It wasn't until Louis XVI, who was looking for a cheap food source for his starving subjects, served them at the royal table that people were convinced potatoes were safe to eat.
    • n spud A stout knife or dagger.
    • n spud A small spade, or a spade having a small blade, with a handle of any length; a small cutting-blade fixed in the axis of its handle, somewhat like a chisel with a very long handle, for cutting the roots of weeds without stooping.
    • n spud A spade-shaped tool for recovering lost or broken tools in a tube-well.
    • n spud A nail driven into the timbers of a drift or shaft, or fastened in some other way, so as to mark a surveying-station.
    • n spud Any short and thick thing: usually in contempt. Specifically— A piece of dough boiled in fat. Imp. Dict.
    • spud To remove by means of a spud: often with up or out.
    • spud To drill (a hole) by spudding (which see, below).
    • n spud A curved chisel-like tool for removing bark.
    • n spud One of several heavy vertical pieces of timber shod with a pointed iron at the lower end, arranged to slide in guides on a floating dredge. When lowered to the bottom the spuds anchor the dredge and hold it in place against the push of the dredging machinery.
    • n spud In archaeology, one of a class of pecked or polished stone implements varying considerably in size and form, but always having a rather broad blade with a sort of handle of variable length: often referred to as spade-like or paddle-shaped implements.
    • n spud In surgery: A flat spade-like instrument used for the detachment of soft parts from bone.
    • n spud An instrument of similar shape used in the extraction of foreign bodies from the eye.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When potatoes were first introduced to Europe, people were skeptical and only ate the leaves, which made them sick. They would then throw away the rest, including the actual spud.
    • n Spud spud a small narrow spade with a short handle: any short thick thing, a baby's hand, a potato, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Dan. spyd, a spear
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Scand., Dan. spyd, a spear.

Usage

In literature:

Maybe you was specializin' on spuds, or cabbages.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
Again he caught a glimpse of the boy's arm amid all that spud and foam.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
The doctor must manage to do without his spud.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
What's the price of onions and spuds?
"Some Everyday Folk and Dawn" by Miles Franklin
No hostile forms with axe or spud now visit these solitudes.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
I ate enough spuds for breakfast to plant a farm.
"The Straw" by Eugene O'Neill
The kerosene-can with its spud on the spout was a household sign.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Whenever a player misses hitting another with the ball, it is called a "spud," and counts one against him.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
He jerks his head up a little at that, kind of stares in my direction, and then dives into another hill of spuds.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
Side by side Stanley and Spud sped over the uneven ground in the direction of the cap.
"The Rover Boys in Alaska" by Arthur M. Winfield
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In poetry:

The logic of the thing's so plain:
To legislate on tram and train
Can't dig a single, blighted spud
Or help one milker chew her cud.
"Asking Too Much" by C J Dennis
When you are mashing Irish spuds
You'll wear the very finest duds.
If good to you these prospects look,
Come, live with us and be our cook.
"Help" by Franklin Pierce Adams
He throws his turnips everywhere;
With breakfast-tea he scalds my legs;
I've spuds and carrots in my hair;
And oft he's smitten me with eggs.
If e'er he shows, with humor grim
I'll throw these things all back at him.
"Waiting" by C J Dennis
Sister Marguerite said: "The pears will soon bud."
Sister Angelique said she must get her spud
And free the earth round the jasmine roots.
Sister Veronique said: "Oh, look at those shoots!
There's a crocus up,
With a purple cup."
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
'E 'ad a fork out in the tater patch.
Sez 'e, "Why 'ello, Digger. Got a match?"
"Digger?" I sez. "Well, you ain't digger 'ere.
You better clear.
You ought to know that you can't dig them spuds.
They don't belong to you; they're ole Dad Flood's."
"Digger Smith" by C J Dennis

In news:

Local radio personality and actor Spud McConnell stars as Edna in JPAS' production of Hairspray, opening Jan 28.
You say potato and I say spud -- a trip down memory lane.
Spud Webb's New Job Involving Strippers.
Idaho's iconic Spud Drive-in goes out of business.
Spud interviews Alter Bridge.
Spud had a chance to talk with Myles and Mark from Alter Bridge as they stopped by the GRD studio before their show at the Orbit Room.
Observers say that "with little doubt" specialty spuds can be doing even better with just a little help from retailers.
One can survive St Paddy's Day without stout, but not without spuds .
Patrick's Day and the spud .
John " Spud " McConnell needs little introduction.
This Spud 's Next Gig: Professor Potato Head.
Obviously, the spud is in the spotlight in downtown Ebensburg this Saturday, Sept 29.
Spud Fest brings 3 days of film, TV to Driggs, Idaho.
Boasting a trio of vertical spuds operated by winches, the forward spud will allow the barge to move without tug assistance.
Potato Board Tries To Un- Dud The Spud.
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In science:

Nguyen, H.T., et al.: BICEP2/SPUD: searching for inflati on with degree scale polarimetry from the South Pole.
An overview of the current status of CMB observations
We describe the design and performance of polarization selective antenna-coupled TES arrays that will be used in several upcoming Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) experiments: SPIDER, BICEP-2/SPUD.
Antenna-coupled TES bolometer arrays for CMB polarimetry
On the other hand, BICEP-2 and its successor SPUD will be observing from South Pole mainly through the 2mm and 3mm atmospheric windows.
Antenna-coupled TES bolometer arrays for CMB polarimetry
Let B be the corresponding spud; i.e., Buv = bu · bv and ϑ = Pu,v Buv .
The sandwich theorem
We showed in the proof of F9 in section 9 that the dot product of spuds is nonnegative; in fact, that proof implies that the dot product is zero if and only if the ordinary matrix product is zero.
The sandwich theorem
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