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Meaning of SPREAD-EAGLE

Pronunciation:  'spred `eegul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a skating figure executed with the skates heel to heel in a straight line
  2. [n]  an emblem (an eagle with wings and legs spread) on the obverse of the Great Seal of the United States
  3. [adj]  with arms and legs stretched out and apart; "lay spread-eagle on the floor"
  4. [v]  stretch out completely; "They spread-eagled him across the floor"
  5. [v]  defeat disastrously
  6. [v]  stand with arms and legs spread out
  7. [v]  execute a spread eagle, with arms and legs stretched out
  8. [v]  stretch over; "His residences spread-eagle the entire county"
 

SPREAD-EAGLE is a 12 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: extended, rout, spreadeagle
 
 See Also: allegory, beat, beat out, crush, emblem, extend, figure, figure skate, range, shell, sprawl, straddle, stretch, trounce, vanquish

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Spread"-ea`gle\, a.
Characterized by a pretentious, boastful, exaggerated style;
defiantly or extravagantly bombastic; as, a spread-eagle
orator; a spread-eagle speech. [Colloq.& Humorous]





 

 

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