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1 a pesticide in suspension or solution; intended for spraying
2 a dispenser that turns a liquid (such as perfume) into a fine spray [syn: atomizer, atomiser, sprayer]
3 a quantity of small objects flying through the air; "a spray of bullets" [syn: spraying]
4 flower arrangement consisting of a single branch or shoot bearing flowers and foliage
5 water in small drops in the atmosphere; blown from waves or thrown up by a waterfall
6 a jet of vapor


1 be discharged in sprays of liquid; "Water sprayed all over the floor"
2 scatter in a mass or jet of droplets; "spray water on someone"; "spray paint on the wall"
3 cover by spraying with a liquid; "spray the wall with paint"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A fine, gentle, disperse mist of liquid.
    The sailor could feel the spray from the waves.
  2. A small branch of flowers or berries.
    The bridesmaid carried a spray of lily-of-the-valley.


A fine, gentle, disperse mist of liquid
A small branch of flowers or berries


  1. To project a liquid in a disperse manner.
    The firemen sprayed the house.
    Using a water cannon, the national guard sprayed the protesters.
    Spray some ointment on that scratch.


To project a liquid in a disperse manner

Extensive Definition

Spray can refer to:

See also

spray in Danish: Spray
spray in German: Spray
spray in Dutch: Spray
spray in Swedish: Spray

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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