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spray 1

 (sprā)
n.
1.
a. Water or other liquid moving in a mass of dispersed droplets, as from a wave.
b. A moving mass of particles or projectiles: a spray of bullets.
2.
a. A fine jet of liquid discharged from a pressurized container.
b. A pressurized container; an atomizer.
c. Any of numerous commercial products, including paints, cosmetics, and insecticides, that are dispensed from containers in this manner.
v. sprayed, spray·ing, sprays
v.tr.
1. To disperse (a liquid, for example) in a mass or jet of droplets, particles, or small pieces.
2. To apply a spray to (a surface); hit with a spray.
v.intr.
1. To discharge sprays of liquid.
2. To be directed or dispersed in a spray.
3. Zoology To urinate on various objects as a way of marking territory.

[From obsolete spray, to sprinkle, from Middle Dutch sprayen.]

spray′er n.

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spray 2

 (sprā)
n.
1. A small branch bearing buds, flowers, or berries.
2. Something, such as a decorative motif, that resembles such a branch.

[Middle English, from Old English *spræg.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spraying - the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft)spraying - the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft)
dispersal, dispersion, dissemination, diffusion - the act of dispersing or diffusing something; "the dispersion of the troops"; "the diffusion of knowledge"
aircraft - a vehicle that can fly
2.spraying - a quantity of small objects flying through the air; "a spray of bullets"
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
3.spraying - the application of a liquid in the form of small particles ejected from a sprayer
application, coating, covering - the work of applying something; "the doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine"; "a complete bleach requires several applications"; "the surface was ready for a coating of paint";
spray painting - applying paint with a sprayer
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