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A past tense and a past participle of spit1.
n. pl. spat or spats
A larva of an oyster or similar bivalve that has settled by attaching to a surface.
A cloth or leather gaiter covering the shoe upper and the ankle and fastening under the shoe with a strap: The waiter wore spats as part of his uniform.
1. A brief quarrel.
2. Informal A slap or smack.
3. A spattering sound, as of raindrops.
v. spat·ted, spat·ting, spats
1. To engage in a brief quarrel.
2. To strike with a light spattering sound; slap.
1. rare a slap or smack
2. a slight quarrel
vb, spats, spatting or spatted
3. rare to slap (someone)
4. (intr) US and Canadian and NZ to have a slight quarrel
[C19: probably imitative of the sound of quarrelling]
a past tense and past participle of spit1
(Clothing & Fashion) another name for gaiter2
[C19: short for spatterdash]
1. (Zoology) a larval oyster or similar bivalve mollusc, esp when it settles to the sea bottom and starts to develop a shell
2. (Zoology) such oysters or other molluscs collectively
[C17: from Anglo-Norman spat; perhaps related to spit1]
n., v. spat•ted, spat•ting. n.
1. a petty quarrel.
2. a light blow; slap; smack.v.i.
3. to engage in a petty quarrel or dispute.
4. to splash or spatter.
[1795–1805, Amer.; perhaps imitative]
a pt. and pp. of spit 1.
a short gaiter worn over the instep and usu. fastened under the foot with a strap.
[1795–1805; short for spatterdash gaiter]
1. the spawn of an oyster or similar shellfish.
2. young oysters collectively.
3. a young oyster.
[1350–1400; Middle English; orig. uncertain]
Past participle: spatted
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|Noun||1.||spat - a quarrel about petty points|
|2.||spat - a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles|
|3.||spat - a young oyster or other bivalve|
|Verb||1.||spat - come down like raindrops; "Bullets were spatting down on us"|
|2.||spat - become permanently attached; "mollusks or oysters spat"|
attach - become attached; "The spider's thread attached to the window sill"
|3.||spat - strike with a sound like that of falling rain; "Bullets were spatting the leaves"|
|4.||spat - clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval|
bravo - applaud with shouts of `bravo' or `brava'
|5.||spat - engage in a brief and petty quarrel|
|6.||spat - spawn; "oysters spat"|
spawn - lay spawn; "The salmon swims upstream to spawn"
|7.||spat - clap one's hands together; "The children were clapping to the music"|
1. A discussion, often heated, in which a difference of opinion is expressed:
altercation, argument, bicker, clash, contention, controversy, debate, difficulty, disagreement, dispute, fight, polemic, quarrel, run-in, squabble, tiff, word (used in plural), wrangle.
1. To engage in a quarrel: