Definition of Spreader

1. Noun. A hand tool for spreading something. "He used his knife as a spreader"

Generic synonyms: Hand Tool
Derivative terms: Spread, Spread, Spread

2. Noun. A mechanical device for scattering something (seed or fertilizer or sand etc.) in all directions.
Exact synonyms: Broadcaster
Generic synonyms: Mechanical Device
Derivative terms: Broadcast, Spread

Definition of Spreader

1. n. One who, or that which, spreads, expands, or propogates.

Definition of Spreader

1. Noun. An object or person who spreads. ¹

2. Noun. A spacer or device for keeping two objects apart. ¹

3. Noun. A device used to spread bulk material. ¹

4. Noun. A knife or spatula used to distribute a substance such as butter or jelly. ¹

5. Noun. (nautical) A horizontal athwartships spar attached to the mast of a sailboat in order to extend the shrouds away from the mast. ¹

6. Noun. A machine for combining and drawing fibers of flax to form a sliver preparatory to spinning. ¹

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Definition of Spreader

1. one that spreads [n -S] - See also: spreads

Medical Definition of Spreader

1. 1. An instrument used to distribute a substance over a surface or area. 2. A device for spacing or parting structures. Gutta-percha spreader, an instrument used in dentistry for condensing gutta-percha laterally in a root canal. Rib spreader, an instrument for widening the space between ribs in intrathoracic operations. Root canal spreader, a tapered instrument utilised for condensing root filling materials laterally. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spreader

spread head
spread like wildfire
spread limit
spread out
spread over
spread spectrum communication
spread spectrum communications
spreader (current term)
spreader stoker furnace
spreading bellflower
spreading depression
spreading dogbane
spreading factor
spreading fleabane
spreading pogonia

Literary usage of Spreader

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1. Soils; Their Properties, Improvement, Management, and the Problems of Crop by Charles William Burkett (1907)
"In the second place, the spreader is a labor-saving device. ... The labor required in spreading a load of MANURE spreader AT WORK When the spreader is used ..."

2. Successful Farming; a Ready Reference on All Phases of Agriculture for by Frank Duane Gardner (1916)
"From these stacks the lime is hauled either by wagon, manure spreader or lime spreader, and applied to the field. When the lime contains lumps the manure ..."

3. A Dictionary of Psychological Medicine: Giving the Definition, Etymology and by Daniel Hack Tuke (1892)
"If the fork be pulled with the spreader in this position, the record is a straight ... Turning the spreader through an angle of 90° forces the prongs apart, ..."

4. Applied Immunology by Benjamin Abraham Thomas, Robert Henry Ivy (1915)
"... spreader. A shows a glass slide properly nicked by a file; B, ... D and E, the perfected spreader spliced adhesive plaster. spreader spliced to a second ..."

5. 57 Ways to Protect Your Home Environment (& Yourself) by Rick Weinzierl (1999)
"Adjust the spreader gate to a setting you believe is close to the desired rate. ... Weigh the amount of material remaining in your spreader. Step 5. ..."

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