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spray1

[sprey] /spreɪ/
noun
1.
water or other liquid broken up into minute droplets and blown, ejected into, or falling through the air.
2.
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.
3.
a liquid to be discharged or applied in such a jet.
4.
an apparatus or device for discharging such a liquid.
5.
a quantity of small objects, flying or discharged through the air:
a spray of shattered glass.
verb (used with object)
6.
to scatter in the form of fine particles.
7.
to apply as a spray:
to spray an insecticide on plants.
8.
to sprinkle or treat with a spray:
to spray plants with insecticide.
9.
to direct a spray of particles, missiles, etc., upon:
to spray the mob with tear gas.
verb (used without object)
10.
to scatter spray; discharge a spray:
The hose sprayed over the flowers.
11.
to issue as spray:
The water sprayed from the hose.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < earlier Dutch spraeyen; cognate with Middle High German spræjen
Related forms
sprayable, adjective
sprayability, noun
sprayer, noun
sprayless, adjective
spraylike, adjective
unsprayable, adjective
unsprayed, adjective
well-sprayed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sprayability

spray1

/spreɪ/
noun
1.
fine particles of a liquid
2.
  1. a liquid, such as perfume, paint, etc, designed to be discharged from an aerosol or atomizer hair spray
  2. the aerosol or atomizer itself
3.
a quantity of small objects flying through the air a spray of bullets
verb
4.
to scatter (liquid) in the form of fine particles
5.
to discharge (a liquid) from an aerosol or atomizer
6.
(transitive) to treat or bombard with a spray to spray the lawn
Derived Forms
sprayer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Middle Dutch sprāien; related to Middle High German spræjen

spray2

/spreɪ/
noun
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
Word Origin
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 and History for sprayability
spray
"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.
spray
"small branch," c.1300, possibly related to O.E. spræc "shoot, twig" (see sprig).
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sprayability in Medicine

spray (sprā)
n.
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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