Meaning of SPRAY in English


I. ˈsprā noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English * spræg, spræc

Date: 13th century

1. : a usually flowering branch or shoot

2. : a decorative flat arrangement of flowers and foliage (as on a coffin)

3. : something (as a jeweled pin) resembling a spray

II. noun

Etymology: obsolete English spray to sprinkle, from Middle Dutch sprayen

Date: 1621

1. : water flying in small drops or particles blown from waves or thrown up by a waterfall


a. : a jet of vapor or finely divided liquid

disinfectant spray s

b. : a device (as an atomizer or sprayer) by which a spray is dispersed or applied


(1) : an application of a spray or by spraying

(2) : a substance (as paint) so applied

III. verb

Date: 1527

transitive verb

1. : to project spray or something resembling spray on or into

spray the table

spray ing the wall with bullets

2. : to disperse or apply as a spray

spray ed some perfume

intransitive verb

1. : to break up into spray

2. : to disperse or apply a spray

3. : to emit a stream or spray of urine

a cat may spray to mark its territory

• spray·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.