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v. splayed, splay·ing, splays
1. To spread (the limbs, for example) out or apart: The dog rolled on its back and splayed its legs.
2. To make slanting or sloping; bevel: splayed the edge of the tabletop.
3. To dislocate (a bone). Used of an animal.
1. To be spread out or apart: After work, he splayed out on the couch.
2. To slant or slope.
1. Spread or turned out.
2. Clumsy or clumsily formed; awkward.
An oblique angle or bevel given to the sides of an opening in a wall so that the opening is wider on one side of the wall than on the other.
[Middle English splayen, short for displayen; see display.]
1. spread out; broad and flat
2. turned outwards in an awkward manner
3. to spread out; turn out or expand
4. (Veterinary Science) (tr) vet science to dislocate (a joint)
5. (Architecture) a surface of a wall that forms an oblique angle to the main flat surfaces, esp at a doorway or window opening
[C14: short for display]
1. to spread out, expand, or extend.
2. to form with an oblique angle; make slanting; bevel.
3. to disjoin; dislocate.v.i.
4. to have an oblique or slanting direction.
5. to spread or flare.n.
6. a surface that makes an oblique angle with another, as where the opening through a wall for a window or door widens from one side to the other.adj.
7. spread out; wide and flat; turned outward.
8. oblique or awry.
[1300–50; Middle English; aph. form of display]
Past participle: splayed
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|Noun||1.||splay - an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger|
|Verb||1.||splay - spread open or apart; "He splayed his huge hands over the table"|
|2.||splay - turn outward; "These birds can splay out their toes"; "ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees"|
turn - change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; "Turn towards me"; "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face"; "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"
|3.||splay - move out of position; "dislocate joints"; "the artificial hip joint luxated and had to be put back surgically"|
|Adj.||1.||splay - turned outward in an ungainly manner; "splay knees"|
(= spread out) legs, fingers, toes → spreizen; feet → nach außen stellen; the wheels are splayed → die Räder stehen nach außen, die Räder haben negativen Sturz
(Tech) pipe → weiten; window frame → ausschrägen
vi → nach außen gehen; (pillars also) → sich nach außen biegen; (window frame) → ausgeschrägt sein; he was splayed out on the ground → er lag auf der Erde und hatte alle viere von sich gestreckt
n (Archit) → Ausschrägung f