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splay

Pronunciation: /spleɪ/

Translation of splay in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1

    splay (out)

    (spread apart) [fingers] abrir*, separar to splay one's legs abrirse* de piernas, despatarrarse [colloquial/familiar] the front wheels of the car were badly splayed las ruedas delanteras del coche estaban muy desalineadas
    Example sentences
    • Sharma's feet were splayed, set apart from each other in disgrace, his work unfinished.
    • His legs are splayed out, one stretching behind him in a straight line, the other knee bent and lying on something that seems to have broken his fall.
    • To do so requires that their legs are splayed quite far apart in order for them to bring their head to ground level.
    1.2 [Architecture/Arquitectura] [Constr] [door/window] construir* con derrame or derramo
    Example sentences
    • The walls, built of coursed red stone, stand almost 4 m. high with two doorways and five splayed windows.
    • The main entrance to Hillyfields is now through an access set between splayed walls which are constructed across the disputed strip almost up to the edge of the metalled driveway.
    • The bands form a matrix for a mathematically calculated grid of deeply recessed and splayed bays each containing windows of different sizes.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • splay (out)

    [legs/fingers] separarse
    Example sentences
    • But her long legs splayed out spread eagle, and her dress up to her waist.
    • His fingers and toes splayed out, his tail arced, bracing for impact.
    • She bent her legs and wiggled her entire body in a jerky motion, flicking her long fingers outward, while her wooden silk hair splayed out around her as the crimson ribbon was lost.

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