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[spred-er] /ˈsprɛd ər/
a person or thing that spreads.
a small, dull knife or spatula used for spreading butter, jelly, etc., on bread.
a machine for dispersing bulk material:
manure spreader.
a device for spacing or keeping apart two objects, as electric wires.
Nautical. a strut for spreading shrouds on a mast.
Origin of spreader
1475-85; spread + -er1
Related forms
antispreader, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spreader
  • We're hoping they didn't forget the nail-spreader and the bat-phone.
  • Pick a windless day and sow seed evenly, using a drop or rotary spreader.
  • Use a spreader to apply fertilizer, if lawn was not fed late last fall.
  • Solid manure is surface applied to cropland with a box-type manure spreader or a flail-type manure spreader.
  • Every truck should be equipped with a hitch that is compatible with the one on the spreader box.
  • The manure is either stored temporarily in a solid stack, or loaded directly onto a manure spreader.
  • Ensure the spreader applies the aggregate in an even, single-layer thickness.
  • The spreader shall have all sharp points covered or removed to protect the user.
  • Agitate the manure in the storage facility thoroughly before loading the tank spreader.
British Dictionary definitions for spreader


a machine or device used for scattering bulk materials, esp manure or fertilizer, over a relatively wide area
a device for keeping apart or spacing parallel objects, such as electric wires
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