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Meaning of SPLAY

Pronunciation:  spley

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger
  2. [adj]  turned outward in an ungainly manner; "splay knees"
  3. [v]  move out of position; "dislocate joints"; "the artificial hip joint luxated and had to be put back surgically"
  4. [v]  turn outward; "These birds can splay out their toes"
  5. [v]  spread open or apart; "He splayed his huge hands over the table"

SPLAY is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: dislocate, luxate, slip, splayfoot, splayfooted, spread out, turn out
 See Also: bevel, cant, chamfer, displace, move, open, spread, turn, unfold



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Splay\, v. t. [Abbrev. of display.]
    1. To display; to spread. [Obs.] ``Our ensigns splayed.''
    2. To dislocate, as a shoulder bone.
    3. To spay; to castrate. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
    4. To turn on one side; to render oblique; to slope or slant,
       as the side of a door, window, etc. --Oxf. Gloss.
  2. \Splay\, a.
    Displayed; spread out; turned outward; hence, flat; ungainly;
    as, splay shoulders.
          Sonwthing splay, something blunt-edged, unhandy, and
          infelicitous.                            --M. Arnold.
  3. \Splay\, a. (Arch.)
    A slope or bevel, especially of the sides of a door or
    window, by which the opening is made larged at one face of
    the wall than at the other, or larger at each of the faces
    than it is between them.