Splay meaning

splā
Splay is defined as to spread out.

An example of splay is to spread apart the fingers on a hand.

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To make or be beveled or sloping.
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A sloping or beveled surface or angle, as of the side of a doorway.
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A spreading; expansion; enlargement.
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Sloping, spreading, or turning outward.
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Broad and flat.
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Awkwardly awry.
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To display; to spread.
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To dislocate, as a shoulder bone.
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To turn on one side; to render oblique; to slope or slant, as the side of a door, window, etc.

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Displayed; spread out; turned outward; hence, flat; ungainly; as, splay shoulders.
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A slope or bevel, especially of the sides of a door or window, by which the opening is made larger at one face of the wall than at the other, or larger at each of the faces than it is between them.
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Spread or turned out.
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Clumsy or clumsily formed; awkward.
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An oblique angle or bevel given to the sides of an opening in a wall so that the opening is wider on one side of the wall than on the other.
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To spread (the limbs, for example) out or apart, especially clumsily.
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To make slanting or sloping; bevel.
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To dislocate (a bone). Used of an animal.
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To be spread out or apart.
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To slant or slope.
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To spread out or apart; expand; extend.
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Origin of splay

  • From Middle English splayen to spread out short for displayen display

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, an abbreviated form of display.

    From Wiktionary