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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Spray


SPRAY, noun [probably allied to sprig. The radical sense is a shoot.]

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.

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 occasional, whereas spoon-drift flies continually along the surface of the sea.