spray definition by Webster's New World
- a cloud or mist of fine liquid particles, as of water from breaking waves
- a jet of fine liquid particles, or mist, as from an atomizer or spray gun
- a device for shooting out such a jet
- any liquid for spraying from such a device
- something likened to a spray of liquid particles: a spray of gunfire
Origin: ; from or akin to Middle Dutch spraeien, to spray, akin to German sprühen: see spread
- to direct a spray on; treat with a spray
- to direct a spray of on some surface, etc.
- to shoot out a spray
- to be shot out as a spray
- sprayer noun
- a small branch or sprig of a tree or plant, with leaves, berries, flowers, etc.
- a design or ornament like this
Origin: ME: for Indo-European base see spark
spray definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Water or other liquid moving in a mass of dispersed droplets, as from a wave.
- a. A fine jet of liquid discharged from a pressurized container.b. A pressurized container; an atomizer.c. Any of numerous commercial products, including paints, cosmetics, and insecticides, that are dispensed from containers in this manner.
- To disperse (a liquid) in a mass or jet of droplets.
- To apply a spray to (a surface).
- To discharge sprays of liquid.
- To move in the form of a spray.
Origin: From obsolete spray, to sprinkle, from Middle Dutch sprayen.
- sprayˈer noun
- A small branch bearing buds, flowers, or berries.
- Something, such as a decorative motif, that resembles such a branch.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English *sprǽg.
spray - Medical Definition