1 [sprey]
water or other liquid broken up into minute droplets and blown, ejected into, or falling through the air.
a jet of fine particles of liquid, as medicine, insecticide, paint, perfume, etc., discharged from an atomizer or other device for direct application to a surface.
a liquid to be discharged or applied in such a jet.
an apparatus or device for discharging such a liquid.
a quantity of small objects, flying or discharged through the air: a spray of shattered glass.
verb (used with object)
to scatter in the form of fine particles.
to apply as a spray: to spray an insecticide on plants.
to sprinkle or treat with a spray: to spray plants with insecticide.
to direct a spray of particles, missiles, etc., upon: to spray the mob with tear gas.
verb (used without object)
to scatter spray; discharge a spray: The hose sprayed over the flowers.
to issue as spray: The water sprayed from the hose.

1615–25; < earlier Dutch spraeyen; cognate with Middle High German spræjen

sprayable, adjective
sprayability, noun
sprayer, noun
sprayless, adjective
spraylike, adjective
unsprayable, adjective
unsprayed, adjective
well-sprayed, adjective
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2 [sprey]
a single, slender shoot, twig, or branch with its leaves, flowers, or berries.
a group or bunch of cut flowers, leafy twigs, etc., arranged decoratively and for display, as in a vase.
an ornament having a similar form.

1250–1300; Middle English; akin to sprag1

spraylike, adjective
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spray1 (spreɪ)
1.  fine particles of a liquid
2.  a.  a liquid, such as perfume, paint, etc, designed to be discharged from an aerosol or atomizer: hair spray
 b.  the aerosol or atomizer itself
3.  a quantity of small objects flying through the air: a spray of bullets
4.  to scatter (liquid) in the form of fine particles
5.  to discharge (a liquid) from an aerosol or atomizer
6.  (tr) to treat or bombard with a spray: to spray the lawn
[C17: from Middle Dutch sprāien; related to Middle High German spræjen]

spray2 (spreɪ)
1.  a single slender shoot, twig, or branch that bears buds, leaves, flowers, or berries, either growing on or detached from a plant
2.  a small decorative bouquet or corsage of flowers and foliage
3.  a piece of jewellery designed to resemble a spray of flowers, leaves, etc
[C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old English sprǣc young shoot, Old Norse sprek brittle wood, Old High German sprahhula splinter]

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Word Origin & History

"sprinkle liquid in drops," 1527, from M.Du. sprayen, from P.Gmc. *spræwjanan (cf. Ger. sprühen "to sparkle, drizzle," Spreu "chaff," lit. "that which flies about"), from PIE base *sper- "to sow, scatter" (see sprout). The noun is attested from 1621. Spray-painting
is from 1902; spray-paint (v.) is from 1928.

"small branch," c.1300, possibly related to O.E. spræc "shoot, twig" (see sprig).
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Medical Dictionary

spray (sprā)
A fine jet of liquid discharged from a pressurized container. v. sprayed, spray·ing, sprays
To disperse a liquid in a jet of droplets.

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Computing Dictionary

spray definition

A Unix command that sends packets to a host and reports performance statistics. The number of packets, delay between packets and packet length can all be specified. The spray command uses the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) protocol to send a one-way stream of packets to the sprayd daemon on the given host. With the "-i" option, spray uses the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) instead of RPC. Normally these will be echoed automatically, creating a return stream.
Unix manual page: spray(1M).

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Example sentences
Each time you spray a standard cleaner on your counter you breathe in a fine
  mist of harmful chemicals.
Water seeded area with a sprinkler set on fine spray or use a garden hose with
  a mist nozzle.
It is using axes to chop frozen spray from wheelhouse and mast before the boat
  becomes top-heavy and rolls under.
Artificial sprinklers were set up to mimic the natural spray of the falls, but
  they were unreliable.
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