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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 of splay
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; aphetic form of display
Related forms
unsplayed, adjective
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  • The basal disk is even narrower and is not splayed out round the edges.

  • He looked him over, with open contempt, from bald head to splayed feet.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • Captain Forrester was kneeling on the resin testing his hocks for sprains with splayed fingers, his features twitching.

    The Sky Trap Frank Belknap Long
  • Their jambs are splayed at an angle that would allow about 12 ins.

  • The Church of Notre Dame is really a grand structure, with its fine showing of splayed buttresses.

    Rambles in Brittany Francis Miltoun
  • I should also observe another feature common to both these windows, namely, that it is only the jambs that are splayed.

  • And he was sick of British women, with their knuckled hands, their splayed feet.

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • The main room—a very moderately-heated tepidarium—is a square on plan, with splayed angles, over which rises a dome of brickwork.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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