spoiler

[spoi-ler]
noun
1.
a person or thing that spoils.
2.
a person who robs or ravages; despoiler; plunderer.
3.
Aeronautics. a device used to break up the airflow around an aerodynamic surface, as an aircraft wing, in order to slow the movement through the air or to decrease the lift on the surface and, as a result, provide bank or descent control.
4.
Automotive. a similar device for changing the airflow past a moving vehicle, often having the form of a transverse fin or blade mounted at the front or rear to reduce lift and increase traction at high speeds.
5.
Sports. a team out of final contention that defeats a potential or favored contender and thereby thwarts its chances of winning a championship.
6.
any competitor, entrant, or candidate who has no chance of ultimate victory but does well enough to spoil the chances of another.

Origin:
1525–35; spoil + -er1

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spoiler (ˈspɔɪlə)
 
n
1.  plunderer or robber
2.  a person or thing that causes spoilage or corruption
3.  Compare air brake a device fitted to an aircraft wing to increase drag and reduce lift. It is usually extended into the airflow to assist descent and banking
4.  a similar device fitted to a car
5.  sport a competitor who adopts spoiling tactics, as in boxing
6.  a magazine, newspaper, etc produced specifically to coincide with the production of a rival magazine, newspaper, etc in order to divert public interest and reduce its sales

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spoiler

n. [Usenet]
1. A remark which reveals important plot elements from books or movies, thus denying the reader (of the article) the proper suspense when reading the book or watching the movie.
2. Any remark which telegraphs the solution of a problem or puzzle, thus denying the reader the pleasure of working out the correct answer (see also interesting). Either sense readily forms compounds like `total spoiler', `quasi-spoiler' and even `pseudo-spoiler'.

By convention, articles which are spoilers in either sense should contain the word `spoiler' in the Subject: line, or guarantee via various tricks that the answer appears only after several screens-full of warning, or conceal the sensitive information via rot13, spoiler space or some combination of these techniques.
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spoiler definition


1. A remark which reveals important plot elements from books or movies, thus denying the reader (of the article) the proper suspense when reading the book or watching the movie.
2. Any remark which telegraphs the solution of a problem or puzzle, thus denying the reader the pleasure of working out the correct answer (see also interesting). Either sense readily forms compounds like "total spoiler", "quasi-spoiler" and even "pseudo-spoiler".
By convention, Usenet news articles which are spoilers in either sense should contain the word "spoiler" in the Subject: line, or guarantee via various tricks that the answer appears only after several screens-full of warning, or conceal the sensitive information via rot13, or some combination of these techniques.
[Jargon File]
(1995-01-18)

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Researchers have long wondered about another vacation spoiler: the appendix.
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As long as there is a rostrum to lean on, he will go on talking, but his
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