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Splay  adj.  Displayed; spread out; turned outward; hence, flat; ungainly; as, splay shoulders. "Sonwthing splay, something blunt-edged, unhandy, and infelicitous."






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Splay" Quotes from Famous Books



... the station was in a muddle—heads, things, buildings. Strings of dusty niggers with splay feet arrived and departed; a stream of manufactured goods, rubbishy cottons, beads, and brass-wire set into the depths of darkness, and in return came a ...
— Heart of Darkness • Joseph Conrad

... constructed in different forms, either square, oval, or round; the latter I should prefer, as stronger, and less liable to leak. These circular vats, to save expense, may be bound with wood hoops instead of iron ones the splay to be given them as little as possible barely sufficient to have the hoops tight, and the vessel staunch. The bottoms of these vats should be elevated at least three and a half, or four feet from the ground, and solidly bedded in clay, earth, or sand; the clay, if convenient, ...
— The American Practical Brewer and Tanner • Joseph Coppinger

... dormer window, bay window, luthern, rose window, moucharaby, oeil-de-boeuf, lunette window. Associated Words: fenestral, fenestrated, fenestration, squilgee, cancelli, tracery, mullion, mullioned, sash, sill, reveal, jamb, foliation, lintel, rabbet, splay, louver ...
— Putnam's Word Book • Louis A. Flemming

... wore a covert-coat of un-English length, and the lamp across the road played steadily on his boots; they were very yellow, and they made no noise when he took a turn. I strained my eyes, and all at once I remembered the thin-soled, low-heeled, splay yellow boots of the insidious foreigner, with the soft eyes and the brown-paper face, whom I had turned from the door as a palpable fraud. The ring at the bell was the first I had heard of him, there had been no warning step upon the stairs, and my suspicious eye had searched his feet ...
— Raffles - Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman • E. W. Hornung

... a tall, pleasant-faced negro, raw-boned and awkward, with huge hands and splay feet, but his muscles were hard as iron and his strength astounding. He treated Omar as a prince, always deferential to his wishes, and regarded me as an honoured visitor to the unknown but powerful protector of his sovereign. Though fraught with ...
— The Great White Queen - A Tale of Treasure and Treason • William Le Queux

... be out at night," he said to Catherine. "Then you don't keep looking off at things; you can look inside;" and he struck his breast with his splay hand. ...
— A Mountain Woman and Others • (AKA Elia Wilkinson) Elia W. Peattie



Words linked to "Splay" :   cant, unfold, spread, slip, open, turn out, displace, chamfer, spread out



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