Definition of Spatula

1. Noun. A turner with a narrow flexible blade.

Terms within: Blade, Grip, Handgrip, Handle, Hold
Generic synonyms: Food Turner, Turner



2. Noun. A hand tool with a thin flexible blade used to mix or spread soft substances.
Terms within: Blade
Generic synonyms: Hand Tool
Specialized synonyms: Palette Knife, Putty Knife, Slice

Definition of Spatula

1. n. An implement shaped like a knife, flat, thin, and somewhat flexible, used for spreading paints, fine plasters, drugs in compounding prescriptions, etc. Cf. Palette knife, under Palette.

Definition of Spatula

1. Noun. A kitchen utensil consisting of a flat surface attached to a long handle, used for turning, lifting(,) or stirring food. ¹

2. Noun. (dated) A palette knife. ¹

3. Noun. (chemistry) A thin hand tool, often made of nickel, for handling chemicals or other materials, when weighing, etc. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spatula

1. a mixing implement [n -S] : SPATULAR [adj]

Medical Definition of Spatula

1. A flat blade, like a knife blade but without a sharp edge, used in pharmacy for spreading plasters and ointments and as an aid to mixing ingredients with a mortar and pestle. Origin: L. Dim. Of spatha, a broad, flat wooden instrument, fr. G. Spathe (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spatula

spattees
spatter
spatter-dock
spatterdashed
spatterdashes
spatterdock
spatterdocks
spattered
spattering
spatters
spatterware
spatting
spattle
spattles
spattling-poppy
spatula (current term)
spatula-shaped
spatula needle
spatulae
spatulalike
spatulamancy
spatular
spatulas
spatulate
spatulate leaf
spatulated
spatulates
spatulating
spatulation
spatule

Literary usage of Spatula

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on the Diseases of the Eye by John Soelberg Wells (1873)
"The incision having been finished, a small spatula hook [Fig. ... The adhesion may yield at once before the pressure of the spatula, but if it resists, ..."

2. A Treatise on the Diseases of the Eye by John Soelberg Wells, Charles Stedman Bull (1880)
"The incision having been finished, a small spatula hook [Fig. ... The adhesion may yield at once before the pressure of the spatula, but if it resists, ..."

3. Bulletin of Pharmacy (1917)
"spatula SODA-WATER GUIDE.— 4th edition. Entirely rewritten and brought right up to date. Nearly 2000 formulas and subjects. Standard American authority on ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"In the second method it appears that the wax colors, being prepared beforehand, and formed into small cylinders for use, were smoothly spread by the spatula ..."

5. A Hand-book to the Birds of Great Britain by Richard Bowdler Sharpe (1896)
"spatula, Boie, Isis, 1822, p. 564. Type, S. clypeata (L.). ... Two genera of Shoveler Ducks are known, the genus spatula containing four species, ..."

6. Principles of Pharmacy by Henry Vinecome Arny (1909)
"Then the spatula is carefully cleaned by passing through a flame of Bunsen ... Then, without loss of time, the spatula should be warmed by passing through ..."

7. The Throat and nose, and their diseases by Lennox Browne (1890)
"when it is open it is often closed on the spatula as soon as introduced, ... The spatula extension can be inserted or removed, and the instrument used only ..."

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