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SPLAY

 Dictionary entry overview: What does splay mean? 

SPLAY (noun)
  The noun SPLAY has 1 sense:

1. an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger

  Familiarity information: SPLAY used as a noun is very rare.


SPLAY (adjective)
  The adjective SPLAY has 1 sense:

1. turned outward in an ungainly manner

  Familiarity information: SPLAY used as an adjective is very rare.


SPLAY (verb)
  The verb SPLAY has 3 senses:

1. spread open or apart
2. turn outward
3. move out of position

  Familiarity information: SPLAY used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPLAY (noun)


Sense 1splay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("splay" is a kind of...):

bevel; cant; chamfer (two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees)


SPLAY (adjective)


Sense 1splay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turned outward in an ungainly manner

Context example:

splay knees

Similar:

splayfoot; splayfooted (having feet that turn outward)


SPLAY (verb)


Sense 1splay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spread open or apart

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

He splayed his huge hands over the table

Hypernyms (to "splay" is one way to...):

open; spread; spread out; unfold (spread out or open from a closed or folded state)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2splay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turn outward

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

splay; spread out; rotate; turn out

Context examples:

These birds can splay out their toes / ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees

Hypernyms (to "splay" is one way to...):

turn (change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3splay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move out of position

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

dislocate; luxate; splay; slip

Context examples:

dislocate joints / the artificial hip joint luxated and had to be put back surgically

Hypernyms (to "splay" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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