verb [with object] (usually be spread-eagled)
stretch (someone) out with their arms and legs extended:he lay spread-eagled in the road [no object] Skating perform a spread eagle.
noun (spread eagle)
an emblematic representation of an eagle with its legs and wings extended. Figure Skating a straight glide made with the feet in a line, with the heels touching, and the arms stretched out to either side.
1stretched out with one’s arms and legs extended:prisoners are chained to their beds, spread-eagle, for days at a time 2loudly or aggressively patriotic about the US:spread-eagle oratory