Definition of splay in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- Di Giorgio Martini's fortress walls splay outwards, down to the sea to repel marauding buccaneers.
- The rear set of wings was almost nonexistent and the tail's ‘fin’ was beginning to lengthen in the middle while the sides splayed outward.
- Entrance is through a stout east-facing wooden door, beyond which the flagstone hallway splays three ways.
- 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.
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- Also, it is well known that spontaneous curvature is a critical determinant of splay, and in turn splay is a controlling membrane deformation of several membrane processes, such as membrane fusion.
- We will use the following terms for the environments of deposition that we recognize here: relief channel, abandoned channel, crevasse splay, active trunk channel, backswamp, and distal floodplain.
- Like a careful antiques dealer he advises that ‘this splay is often so slight as to be imperceptible except by careful measuring, but it ought always to be there.’
- There was an agreement between the county council and the firm that parking would be allowed on the access road in return for taking up a number of parking spaces in London Road for a visibility splay.
- Butcher John Sumbler said that when Kelham Gardens was built a number of parking spaces in London Road were lost when a visibility splay for the new estate was provided as a highway requirement.
- One thing they did like was reducing the width of the splays at the entrance to side roads along Brickley Lane.
- The fault breaks into many splays near the surface, forming a flower structure, some strands of which show normal displacements and some of which show thrust and strike-slip displacements.
- The Klima fault zone has been active since deposition of the Plio-Pleistocene Galini Formation through Holocene time as smaller-scale fault splays penetrate the modern, scree-covered surface.
- Nevertheless, several clear and important trends of probable Tertiary faults are present on satellite images; in particular, the two NW-SE splays and a NNW-SSE trend marked a, b and c in Figure 5.
- The degree of splay is inconsistent even from leg to leg on the same chest.
- We calculated the energy of splay and tilt deformations necessary to avoid such hydrophobic exposure.
- Negative splay thus increases and positive splay decreases the monolayer thickness.
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Middle English (in the sense 'unfold to view, display'): shortening of the verb display.
display from Middle English:
The early meaning of this was ‘unfurl (a banner or sail), unfold’. The word comes via Old French from Latin displicare ‘scatter, disperse’, which came to mean ‘unfold’ in medieval Latin and was also the source of deploy (late 18th century). In English the notion of ‘unfurling’ led to ‘causing to notice’. Splay (Middle English) was originally a shortening of display.
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- British & World English dictionary
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