spray1 [sprey] /spreɪ/ Show IPA
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