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Meaning of “spray” in the English Dictionary

"spray" in British English

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spraynoun

uk   us   /spreɪ/
  • spray noun (LIQUID)

[U] a ​mass of very ​smalldrops of ​liquidcarried in the ​air: Can you ​feel the spray from the ​sea/​waterfall?B2 [C] a ​liquid that is ​forced out of a ​specialcontainer under ​pressure so that it ​becomes a ​mass of ​smallliquiddrops like a ​cloud: a ​quick spray of ​perfume/​polishB2 [C] a ​mass of ​smalldrops of ​liquidspread onto ​plants and ​crops, etc. from a ​specialpiece of ​equipment, or the ​piece of ​equipment itself: Farmers use a lot of chemical sprays on ​crops.

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sprayverb [I or T, usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /spreɪ/
B2 to ​spreadliquid in ​smalldrops over an ​area: She sprayed herself withperfume. Vandals had sprayed ​graffiti on the ​wall. The ​pipeburst and ​water was spraying ​everywhere.figurative Rush ​hourcommuters were sprayed with ​bullets by a ​gunman in a ​car.

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(Definition of spray from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spray" in American English

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spraynoun

 us   /spreɪ/
  • spray noun (LIQUID)

[C/U] a ​mass of very ​smalldrops of ​liquidforced through the ​air, or a ​container from which ​smalldrops of ​liquid are ​forced out: [U] As the ​wavescrashed over the ​rocks, some of the ​ocean spray ​reached them where they ​stood. [C] When my ​nose is ​stuffy, I use a ​nasal spray.
  • spray noun (FLOWERS)

[C] a ​single, ​smallbranch or ​stem with ​leaves and ​flowers on it, or a ​smallarrangement of ​cutflowers: On the ​table was a spray of ​freshflowers.

sprayverb [I/T]

 us   /spreɪ/
  • spray verb [I/T] (FORCE OUT LIQUID)

to put a ​mass of ​smalldrops of ​liquid on someone or something or into the ​air, or to ​flow out of a ​container in a ​mass of ​smalldrops: [T] Store employees ​offer to spray you with ​perfume. [T] fig. They were sprayed with ​flyingglass from the ​shatteredwindows.
(Definition of spray from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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