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.

1475–85; spread + -er1

antispreader, noun
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spreader (ˈsprɛdə)
1.  a machine or device used for scattering bulk materials, esp manure or fertilizer, over a relatively wide area
2.  a device for keeping apart or spacing parallel objects, such as electric wires

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Example sentences
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.
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