Definition of Spitting

1. Noun. The act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva).

Exact synonyms: Expectoration, Spit
Generic synonyms: Ejection, Expulsion, Forcing Out, Projection
Derivative terms: Expectorate, Spit, Spit

Definition of Spitting

1. Verb. (present participle of ''spit'') ¹

2. Noun. (mostly archaic medicine) expectoration ¹

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Definition of Spitting

1. spit [v] - See also: spit

Medical Definition of Spitting

1. 1. Mucus and other fluids formed in the air passages and upper food passages (the mouth), and expelled by coughing. See: sputum. 2. The act of spitting; the expelling from the mouth of saliva, mucus, and other material from the air or upper food passages. Synonym: spitting. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Spitting

spitting (current term)
spitting cobra
spitting cobras
spitting distance
spitting distances
spitting image
spitting images
spitting snake
spitting spider
spitting spiders
spittle insect

Literary usage of Spitting

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

1. Chemical Abstracts by American Chemical Society (1908)
"spitting out consists in the formation of minute bubbles which appear in the decorating kiln fire. If the temperature is high enough and the firing is ..."

2. A Dictionary of English Etymology by Hensleigh Wedgwood, John Christopher Atkinson (1872)
"To Hurt a thing out is to bring it out with a sudden explosion as if spitting something out of the mouth. A Hirt of greeting in Scotch is a burst of crying. ..."

3. A Dictionary of English Etymology by Hensleigh Wedgwood, John Christopher Atkinson (1872)
"Australian interjection was, in fact, identical with our own pooh, ! and like it, intended to represent the sound of spitting, for which purpose Burton in ..."

4. A System of Legal Medicine by Allan McLane Hamilton, Edwin Lawrence Godkin (1894)
"But, on the other hand, if« a person has an habitual spitting of blood, ... So, if he had had spitting of blood only once, but that once was the result of ..."

5. Supplement ... to the Public Health Reports by United States Public Health Service (1921)
"spitting—Prohibited in Public Places. (May 7, 1917.) SEC. 15. spitting upon the sidewalk or any public street, avenue, park, public square, or place In the ..."

6. Observations on the Popular Antiquities of Great Britain: Chiefly by John Brand (1849)
"This, he adds, they did in defiance, as it were, of the omen; for spitting was a sign of the greatest contempt and aversion : whence, ..."

7. Health Bulletin by Pennsylvania Dept. of Health (1917)
"spitting.* Receptacles to be Cleansed; Penalties for Unlawful spitting ... spitting receptacles provided for public shall be cleansed and disinfected daily. ..."

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