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1 [spit]
verb (used without object), spit or spat, spitting.
to eject saliva from the mouth; expectorate.
to express hatred, contempt, etc., by or as if by ejecting saliva from the mouth.
to sputter: grease spitting on the fire.
to fall in scattered drops or flakes, as rain or snow.
verb (used with object), spit or spat, spitting.
to eject from the mouth: The children were spitting watermelon seeds over the fence.
to throw out or emit like saliva: The kettle spits boiling water over the stove.
to set a flame to.
saliva, especially when ejected.
the act of spitting.
Entomology. Also called spittle. the frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs.
a light fall of rain or snow.
Verb phrases
spit up, to vomit; throw up: The wounded soldier spat up blood. If you jostle the baby, she'll spit up.
spit and image, Informal. exact likeness; counterpart: Hunched over his desk, pen in hand, he was the spit and image of his father at work. Also, spitting image, spit 'n' image.

before 950; (v.) Middle English spitten, Old English spittan; cognate with German (dial.) spitzen to spit; akin to Old English spǣtan to spit, spātl spittle; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

spitlike, adjective

3. spatter. Unabridged
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spit1 (spɪt)
vb (often foll by out) (often foll by out) , spits, spitting, spat, spit
1.  (intr) to expel saliva from the mouth; expectorate
2.  informal (intr) to show disdain or hatred by spitting
3.  (of a fire, hot fat, etc) to eject (fragments of coal, sparks, etc) violently and with an explosive sound; splutter
4.  (intr) to rain very lightly
5.  to eject or discharge (something) from the mouth: he spat the food out; to spit blood
6.  to utter (short sharp words or syllables), esp in a violent manner
7.  slang (Austral) spit chips Also (NZ): spit tacks to be very angry
8.  informal (Brit) spit it out! a command given to someone that he should speak forthwith
9.  another name for spittle
10.  a light or brief fall of rain, snow, etc
11.  the act or an instance of spitting
12.  informal chiefly (Brit) another word for spitting image
[Old English spittan; related to spǣtan to spit, German dialect spitzen]

spit2 (spɪt)
1.  a pointed rod on which meat is skewered and roasted before or over an open fire
2.  rotisserie, Also called: rotating spit a similar device rotated by electricity or clockwork, fitted onto a cooker
3.  an elongated often hooked strip of sand or shingle projecting from the shore, deposited by longshore drift, and usually above water
vb , spits, spitting, spitted
4.  (tr) to impale on or transfix with or as if with a spit
[Old English spitu; related to Old High German spiz spit, Norwegian spit tip]

spit3 (spɪt)
the depth of earth cut by a spade; a spade's depth
[C16: from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German spit]

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Word Origin & History

"expel saliva," O.E. spittan (Anglian), spætan (W.Saxon), from PIE *sp(y)eu-, of imitative origin (see spew). Not the usual O.E. word for this; spætlan (see spittle) and spiwan (see spew) are more common.
Meaning "to eject saliva (at someone or something) as a gesture of contempt" is in O.E. The noun is attested from c.1300. Meaning "the very likeness" is attested from 1602 (e.g. spitting image, attested from 1901); cf. Fr. craché in same sense. Military phrase spit and polish first recorded 1895. Spitball is from 1846 in the schoolboy sense, 1905 in the baseball sense.

"sharp-pointed rod on which meat is roasted," O.E. spitu, from P.Gmc. *spituz (cf. M.Du. spit, Swed. spett, O.H.G. spiz, Ger. Spieß "spit," Ger. spitz "pointed"), from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (see spike (n.1)). This is also the source of the word meaning "sandy point"
(1670s). O.Fr. espois, Sp. espeto "spit" are Gmc. loan-words. The verb meaning "to put on a spit" is recorded from c.1200.
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