Definition for SPRAY

SPRAY, n. [probably allied to sprig. The radical sense is a shoot. Class Rg.]

  1. A small shoot or branch; or the extremity of a branch. Hence, in England, spray-faggots are bundles of small branches, used as fuel. – Encyc.
  2. Among seamen, the water that is driven from the top of a wave in a storm, which spreads and flies in small particles. It differs from spoon-drift; as spray is only occasion whereas spoon-drift flies continually along the surface the sea.

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