spas

spa

[spah]
noun
1.
a mineral spring, or a locality in which such springs exist.
2.
a luxurious resort or resort hotel.
4.
a hot tub or similar warm-water hydromassage facility, usually for more than one person.
5.
New England, soda fountain.

Origin:
1555–65; generalized use of Spa

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Spa

[spah]
noun
a resort town in E Belgium, SE of Liège: famous mineral springs.
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spa (spɑː)
 
n
a mineral spring or a place or resort where such a spring is found
 
[C17: named after Spa, Belgium]

Spa (spɑː)
 
n
a town in E Belgium, in Liège province: a resort with medicinal mineral springs (discovered in the 14th century). Pop: 10 491 (2004 est)

SpA
 
abbreviation for
Società per Azioni
 
[Italian: limited company]

SPA
 
abbreviation for
Special Protection Area: an area designated by the European Union in order to protect endangered species, esp of birds

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spa
"medicinal or mineral spring," 1626, from name of health resort in eastern Belgium, known since 14c., that featured mineral springs believed to have curative properties. The place name is from Walloon espa "spring, fountain."
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
SPA
  1. Society for Physicians in Administration

  2. Software Publishers Association

  3. sperm penetration assay

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