- 1Liquid that is blown or driven through the air in the form of tiny drops: a torrent of white foam and spray a fine spray of mudMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A liquid preparation that can be forced out of a can or other container in tiny drops: a can of insect sprayMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2A can or container holding a spray.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3An act of applying a spray: refresh your flowers with a quick sprayMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Apply (liquid) to someone or something in the form of a shower of tiny drops: the product can be sprayed onto wet or dry hairMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Sprinkle or cover (someone or something) with a shower of tiny drops of liquid: she sprayed herself with perfumeMore example sentences
- 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] (Of liquid) be driven through the air or forced out of something in tiny drops: water sprayed into the airMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3Treat (a plant) with insecticide or herbicide in a spray: avoid spraying your plants with pesticidesMore example sentences
- ‘The potted tree is sprayed or injected with an insecticide - inside a greenhouse or warehouse - and then transported to an area believed to be infested,’ says Smith.
- ‘Sunflowers that people planted this spring looked like they'd been sprayed with herbicide,’ Kelly reports.
- On yet another front, his team is monitoring how long it takes for it to kick in once the plants have been sprayed and how long it is effective.
- 1.4Scatter (something) somewhere with great force: the truck shuddered to a halt, spraying gravel from under its wheelsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.5Fire a rapid succession of bullets at: enemy gunners sprayed the decks of the warshipsMore example sentences
- In January, assailants sprayed the building with bullets, shattering doors and windows.
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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.
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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.
early 17th century (earlier as spry): related to Middle Dutch spra(e)yen 'sprinkle'.
Middle English: representing late Old English (e)sprei, recorded in personal and place names, of unknown origin.