- a roof prop used in a coal mine
- ☆ a device for preventing a vehicle from rolling backward on a grade
Origin of spragprobably ; from Scandinavian as in Danish sprag, twig ; from base of sprage, to crack, crackle: for Indo-European base see spark
- a. A piece of wood or metal wedged beneath a wheel or between spokes to keep a vehicle from rolling.b. A pointed stake lowered at an angle into the ground from a vehicle to prevent movement.
- A prop to support a mine roof.
Origin of spragPerhaps of Scandinavian origin.
(comparative more sprag, superlative most sprag)
- Alternative form of sprack.
(third-person singular simple present sprags, present participle spragging, simple past and past participle spragged)
- To check the motion of, as a carriage on a steep slope, by putting a sprag between the spokes of the wheel.
- To prop or sustain with a sprag.
See spray (“a branch”).
- A young salmon.
Compare Icelandic spraka? a small flounder.