- a roof prop used in a coal mine
- a device for preventing a vehicle from rolling backward on a grade
Origin of spragprobably from Scand, 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.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Compare Icelandic spraka? a small flounder.