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Splay

verb
1.
Spread open or apart.
2.
Turn outward.  Synonyms: rotate, spread out, turn out.  "Ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees"
3.
Move out of position.  Synonyms: dislocate, luxate, slip.  "The artificial hip joint luxated and had to be put back surgically"



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"Splay" Quotes from Famous Books



... number. There is a description of me in it: 'A little, splay-footed, ugly dumpling of a fellow, with a mouth from ear to ear.' Conceive how such a charge must affect a man so enamoured of his own ...
— Home Life of Great Authors • Hattie Tyng Griswold

... his finger as I entered, and without recollecting to remove his hat, he made a step or two towards me with his splay, creaking boots. With a quick glance at the ...
— Uncle Silas - A Tale of Bartram-Haugh • J.S. Le Fanu

... them, at a stroke; and ceased to exist as Potsdam Grenadiers. Colonels, Captains, all the Officers known to be of merit, were advanced, at least transferred. Of the common men, a minority, of not inhuman height and of worth otherwise, were formed into a new Regiment on the common terms: the stupid splay-footed eight-feet mass were allowed to stalk off whither they pleased, or vegetate on frugal pensions; Irish Kirkman, and a few others neither knock-kneed nor without head, were appointed HEYDUCS, that is, porters to the King's or other Palaces; and ...
— History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. X. (of XXI.) - Frederick The Great—At Reinsberg—1736-1740 • Thomas Carlyle

... (C.G. genially.) Ah, there you are, TOM, my lad. Bring out dear old Bogey, and show it to my friend here. [Boy leads out a rusty roan Rosinante, high in bone, and low in flesh, with prominent hocks, and splay hoofs, which stumble gingerly over the cobbles.] (Patting the horse affectionately.) Ah, poor old Bogey, he doesn't like these lumpy stones, does he? Not used to them, Sir. My stable-yard at Wickham-in-the-Wold, is as smoothly paved as—as the Alhambra, ...
— Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 99., December 13, 1890 • Various

... to the Milby mind that a canting evangelical parson, who would take tea with tradespeople, and make friends of vulgar women like the Linnets, should have so much the air of a gentleman, and be so little like the splay-footed Mr. Stickney of Salem, to whom he approximated so closely in doctrine. And this want of correspondence between the physique and the creed had excited no less surprise in the larger town of Laxeter, ...
— Scenes of Clerical Life • George Eliot



Words linked to "Splay" :   spread, displace, open, move, turn, slip, bevel, chamfer, cant, unfold, luxate



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