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Dictionary Definition

spreader

Noun

1 a hand tool for spreading something; "he used his knife as a spreader"
2 a mechanical device for scattering something (seed or fertilizer or sand etc.) in all directions [syn: broadcaster]

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English

Noun

  1. An object or person who spreads.
  2. A spacer or device for keeping two objects apart.
  3. A device used to spread bulk material.
    James put grass seed on the lawn with a seed spreader.
  4. A knife or spatula used to distribute a substance such as butter or jelly.
    Ellen used a spreader to butter her bagel.
  5. A horizontal athwartships spar attached to the mast of a sailboat in order to extend the shrouds away from the mast.

Translations

object or person who spreads
spacer
device used to spread bulk material
knife]] or spatula used to distribute a substance
horizontal spar attached to the mast of a sailboat in order to extend the shrouds

Extensive Definition

Spreader can refer to:
  • Spreader (railroad), a kind of maintenance of way equipment designed to spread or shape ballast profiles
  • Hydraulic spreader, a tool used by emergency crews in vehicle extrication
  • Spreader (sailboat), an attachment to a sailboat's mast that changes the angle of shrouds
  • Spreader bar, a BDSM bondage device
  • Spar, the particular one on the mast of a sail boat leading a shroud to the mast head and aiding in controlling mast bend
  • Spreader (lifting), a lifting device used to distribute forces appropriately for structural or interference reasons, see Versabar for examples
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