follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

spindrift

[spin-drift] /ˈspɪnˌdrɪft/
noun
1.
spray swept by a violent wind along the surface of the sea.
Also, spoondrift.
Origin of spindrift
1590-1600
1590-1600; variant of Scots speendrift spoondrift
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for spindrift
Historical Examples
  • He dropped Scotty at the landing, then turned the launch back to spindrift.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • Gregg and Joan were blown away by the sound like spindrift before the wind.

    The Premiere Richard Sabia
  • Around one o'clock Cap'n Mike returned to spindrift and reported a friendly conversation with the houseboaters.

  • It was appropriate weather for the state of mind at spindrift.

  • Rick swung the Sky Wagon around and headed south on a straight course to spindrift.

  • But suppose the enemy kept a watch on movements in and out of spindrift?

  • He pushed open the door and marched up the front stairs, the spindrift group close behind.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • Fortunately, the spindrift boat landing was not in sight of North Cove.

  • And the spindrift struck me in the eyes like hands full of sand.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • "I'm afraid it's going to be pretty quiet on spindrift," he agreed.

British Dictionary definitions for spindrift

spindrift

/ˈspɪnˌdrɪft/
noun
1.
spray blown up from the surface of the sea
2.
powdery snow blown off a mountain
Nontechnical name spoondrift
Word Origin
C17: of Scottish origin, possibly from a variant of obsolete spoon to scud + drift
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for spindrift
n.

c.1600, Scottish formation from verb spene, alteration of spoon "to sail before the wind" (1570s, of uncertain origin) + drift. "Common in English writers from c 1880, probably at first under the influence of W. Black's novels" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for spindrift

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for spindrift

0
17
Scrabble Words With Friends