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spit 1

 (spĭt)
n.
1. Saliva, especially when expectorated; spittle.
2. The act of expectorating.
3. Something, such as the frothy secretion of spittle bugs, that resembles spit.
4. A brief, scattered rainfall or snowfall.
5. Informal The perfect likeness: He's the spit and image of his father.
v. spat (spăt) or spit, spit·ting, spits
v.tr.
1. To eject from the mouth: spat out the grape seeds.
2. To eject as if from the mouth: a fire spitting sparks.
3. To emit suddenly and forcefully: spat out an insult.
v.intr.
1. To eject matter from the mouth; expectorate.
2. To express contempt or animosity, especially by ejecting matter from the mouth.
3. To make a hissing or sputtering noise: french fries spitting in the pan.
4. To rain or snow in light, scattered drops or flakes.
Phrasal Verb:
spit up
To vomit. Used especially of a baby.

[Middle English, from spitten, to spit, from Old English spittan, ultimately of imitative origin.]

spit 2

 (spĭt)
n.
1. A slender, pointed rod on which meat is impaled for roasting.
2. A narrow point of land extending into a body of water.
tr.v. spit·ted, spit·ting, spits
To impale on or as if on a spit.

[Middle English, from Old English spitu.]

spitting

(ˈspɪtɪŋ)
n
the act of ejecting saliva from one's mouth
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spitting - the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)spitting - the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)
ejection, forcing out, expulsion, projection - the act of expelling or projecting or ejecting
Translations

spitting

[ˈspɪtɪŋ]
A. N "spitting prohibited, no spitting"se prohíbe escupir
B. ADJ it's within spitting distanceestá muy cerca
to be the spitting image of sbser la viva imagen or el vivo retrato de algn

spitting

[ˈspɪtɪŋ]
n
"spitting prohibited" → "défense de cracher"
adj
to be the spitting image of sb → être le portrait tout craché de qn , être qn tout craché
to be within spitting distance of sth → être à deux pas de qch

spitting

:
spitting distance
n (inf) to be within spitting of a placenur einen Steinwurf von einem Ort entfernt sein
spitting image
n (inf)Ebenbild nt; to be the spitting of somebodyjdm wie aus dem Gesicht geschnitten sein, jdm zum Verwechseln ähnlich sehen
spitting snake
nRingelhalskobra f, → Ringelhalsotter f

spitting

[ˈspɪtɪŋ]
1. n "spitting prohibited""vietato sputare"
2. adj to be the spitting image of sbessere il ritratto sputato di qn
References in classic literature ?
Instantly the flexible limbs of the child assumed the appearance of deformity and distortion, as, with his back humped up, and his master's stick in his hand, he hobbled about the room, his childish face drawn into a doleful pucker, and spitting from right to left, in imitation of an old man.
But Tom, he WAS so proud and joyful, he just COULDN'T hold in, and his tongue just WENT it -- she a-chipping in, and spitting fire all along, and both of them going it at once, like a cat convention; and she says:
The former was a boy of fourteen, but when he drew out what had been a fiddle, crushed to morsels in the great-coat, he blubbered aloud; and Cathy, when she learned the master had lost her whip in attending on the stranger, showed her humour by grinning and spitting at the stupid little thing; earning for her pains a sound blow from her father, to teach her cleaner manners.
Then, they both laughed, and began cracking nuts, and spitting the shells about.
It was a true feline screech, impossible to localize; but it was interrupted by a sob, a snarl, a fierce spitting, and a scuffling, coming unmistakably from a room on the floor beneath, in which, at that hour, the older girls assembled for study.
But listen, for it seems he is tuning a lute or guitar, and from the way he is spitting and clearing his chest he must be getting ready to sing something.
When they were all unloaded and packed in a great heap in one corner of the yard, the Slovaks were given some money by the Szgany, and spitting on it for luck, lazily went each to his horse's head.
But noble Epeus caught hold of him and raised him up; his comrades also came round him and led him from the ring, unsteady in his gait, his head hanging on one side, and spitting great clots of gore.
Fook Shing had once chased him out of his shop for spitting at the joss above the boots.
It seemed most improper to all present that Dirkovitch should sip brandy as he talked in purring, spitting Russian to the creature who answered so feebly and with such evident dread.
he asked, spitting imaginary rain out of his mouth.
At the same instant I heard the crash of Lord John's elephant-gun, and, looking up, saw one of the creatures with a broken wing struggling upon the ground, spitting and gurgling at us with a wide-opened beak and blood-shot, goggled eyes, like some devil in a medieval picture.