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splay

[spley] /spleɪ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to spread out, expand, or extend.
2.
to form with an oblique angle; make slanting; bevel.
3.
to make with a splay or splays.
4.
to disjoin; dislocate.
verb (used without object)
5.
to have an oblique or slanting direction.
6.
to spread or flare.
noun
7.
Architecture. a surface that makes an oblique angle with another, as where the opening through a wall for a window or door widens from the window or door proper toward the face of the wall.
adjective
8.
spread out; wide and flat; turned outward.
9.
clumsy or awkward.
10.
oblique or awry.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; aphetic form of display
Related forms
unsplayed, adjective
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  • What struck me was its large splayed hoofs and its long weird face.
  • The roof trusses are composed of splayed, interlocking boards.
  • Near the main grocery store a metal shack houses a splayed, eviscerated pig roasting on a spit.
  • Over time the flat, splayed-out ribs harden to form the turtle's upper shell.
  • She points to the eels, says a few words, and watches as the long fish are splayed out as fillets and wrapped in butcher paper.
  • Finding someone splayed out on the sidewalk is a not an unusual occurrence.
  • The singer has been spliced, diced and splayed for all the world to see.
  • The splayed tail feathers vibrate as air rushes past them, causing them to flutter.
  • They also carry a group of feathers splayed out on their feet, so they look as though they're marching when they walk.
  • He lies on his back, arms and legs splayed out so as not to disengage any of the needles or tubes.
British Dictionary definitions for splayed

splay

/spleɪ/
adjective
1.
spread out; broad and flat
2.
turned outwards in an awkward manner
verb
3.
to spread out; turn out or expand
4.
(transitive) (vet science) to dislocate (a joint)
noun
5.
a surface of a wall that forms an oblique angle to the main flat surfaces, esp at a doorway or window opening
6.
enlargement
Word Origin
C14: short for display
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Word Origin and History for splayed

splay

v.

"to spread out," early 14c., shortened form of desplayen (see display). Pp. adjective splayed "spread out" is attested from 1540s.

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