There are 2 definitions of spray in English:

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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1Liquid that is blown or driven through the air in the form of tiny drops: a torrent of white foam and spray [count noun]: a fine spray of mud
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    • A fine spray of medicine in liquid form then shoots out the front at 520 miles per hour.
    • The white of the paper looks as though it has been pushed into the liquid spray of charcoal.
    • It sees storm clouds torn from their moorings and smashed against the ground with a minutely escalating, hissing swirl of arterial spray, then morphing into a jackhammer pulse.
    Synonyms
    shower, sprinkling, sprinkle, spritz, jet, mist, drizzle, droplets; spume, spindrift; foam, froth
    rare spoondrift
  • 1.1A liquid preparation which can be forced out of a can or other container in tiny drops: a can of insect spray
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    • Blood flows as easy as ant spray at the Tavern, but in a really squeamish, sickening way.
    • It also comes as a disinfectant spray and as a liquid cleaner.
    • Geisel, who had sold bug spray and motor oil through humor was the prefect recruit for this task.
  • 1.2 [count noun] A can or container holding a spray.
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    • They stock a comprehensive selection of acid-free items, from photograph albums and storage boxes to deacidification sprays.
    • So basically, if this one goes into deployment, what you're going to have is a bunch of soldiers with a whole load of bees in a jar and a little spray.
    • In addition to sprays, dust bags can be used for lice control.
    Synonyms
  • 1.3 [count noun] An act of spraying something: refresh your flowers with a quick spray
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    • They used a barrel washer to remove most of the soil from their carrots, followed by a power washer spray as a final rinse.
    • However, most calculations can be done once per year; there is no need to recalculate for every spray.
    • A high-tech car wash (all spray, no brush) aims to become the Starbucks of drive through suds.

verb

[with object and adverbial of direction] Back to top  
  • 1Apply (liquid) to someone or something in the form of tiny drops: the product can be sprayed on to wet or dry hair
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    • It was just jiggled and had water being sprayed on it for rain.
    • He sprays a huge water gun at dead pigs, to dissolve their blood clots.
    • In comparison to spraying water only, all drift retardants tested reduced volume of portion of small droplets in the spray but at varying magnitudes.
  • 1.1 [with object] Sprinkle or cover with tiny drops of liquid: she sprayed herself with perfume
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    • He intermixes shots of neon-lit signs with glossy images of models blithely spraying themselves with perfume.
    • Standing on a chair, fully dressed, he sprayed his head and upper body with shaving lather, dowsed himself with rice, and then plunged into a washtub.
    • Scott had not warned the cast what would happen when the creature burst from John Hurt's chest - that they would all be sprayed with pig's blood - because he wanted their reactions to be real.
  • 1.2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (Of liquid) be driven through the air or forced out of something in tiny drops: water sprayed into the air
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    • The water domes were to make musical sounds as the water sprayed.
    • Damage ensues, with water leaking in and spraying about.
    • There are no punters, just about a dozen staff circulating amiably: spraying, wiping, tightening, bantering.
    Synonyms
  • 1.3 [with object] Scatter (something) somewhere with great force: the truck shuddered to a halt, spraying gravel from under its wheels
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    • Everything went on as it had, emotions scattered, crews sprayed turf onto embankments, lights went off remotely.
    • In the next lot, the Audi TT sprayed two white jets of nitrous oxide out of vents just below its headlights.
    • Four abject stereotypes with guns chase him down corridors, spraying bullets and whooping with redneck glee.
  • 1.4 [with object] (Of a male cat) direct a stream of urine over (an object or area) to mark a territory: cats usually spray areas they have sprayed before [no object]: many people try to discourage their cats from spraying
  • 1.5 [with object] (In sport) kick, hit, or throw (the ball) in an unpredictable way: he began his round by spraying his fairway shots

Derivatives

sprayable

adjective
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  • Some fungicides have been applied to barley on the few recent sprayable days but many are still waiting.
  • Variations of thermal-spray techniques and the diversity of sprayable materials have created new opportunities for the thermal-spray industry.
  • Cement-based overlays on the market today include sprayable microtoppings, and trowelable, stampable, and self-leveling materials - each providing different decorative effects.

sprayer

noun
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  • Since extended range nozzles have an excellent spray distribution over a wide range of pressures, they can be used on sprayers equipped with flow controllers.
  • Air-blast sprayers, which are commonly used to apply insecticides and fungicides in orchards, produce a relatively high number of small droplets.
  • And I've climbed on dozens of tractors, sprayers, fertilizer applicators, and ATVs equipped with high-tech gadgets.

Origin

early 17th century (earlier as spry): related to Middle Dutch spra(e)yen 'sprinkle'.

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There are 2 definitions of spray in English:

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noun

  • 1A stem or small branch of a tree or plant, bearing flowers and foliage: a spray of honeysuckle
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    • At the end of that painting, she thought it needed a spray of leaves going up one side, the right side of the picture.
    • In the watercolor and gouache of Joel with Roses, a spray of ripe blooms nearly fills the picture.
    Synonyms
    sprig, small stem, twig, branch
    rare branchlet
  • 1.1A bunch of cut flowers arranged in an attractive way: a spray of yellow chrysanthemums and red roses
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    • The body of the guglet is also scattered with floral bouquets and sprays and its pouring rim is banded with acanthus scrolls.
    Synonyms
    bouquet, bunch, posy, nosegay, corsage; wreath, garland; buttonhole; flower arrangement; French boutonnière
    rare tussie-mussie
  • 1.2A brooch in the form of a bouquet of flowers: [as modifier]: a diamond and emerald spray brooch

Origin

Middle English: representing late Old English (e)sprei, recorded in personal and place names, of unknown origin.

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