spray ( sprays plural & 3rd person present) ( spraying present participle) ( sprayed past tense & past participle )
1 n-var Spray is a lot of small drops of water which are being thrown into the air.
oft N from/of n
The moon was casting a rainbow through the spray from the waterfall...
2 n-mass A spray is a liquid kept under pressure in a can or other container, which you can force out in very small drops.
...hair spray., ...a can of insect spray.
3 verb If you spray a liquid somewhere or if it sprays somewhere, drops of the liquid cover a place or shower someone.
A sprayer hooked to a tractor can spray five gallons onto ten acres... V n prep/adv
Two inmates hurled slates at prison officers spraying them with a hose... V n with n
Drops of blood sprayed across the room. V prep
4 verb If a lot of small things spray somewhere or if something sprays them, they are scattered somewhere with a lot of force.
A shower of mustard seeds sprayed into the air and fell into the grass... V prep
The intensity of the blaze shattered windows, spraying glass on the streets below... V n prep
The bullet slammed into the ceiling, spraying them with bits of plaster. V n with n
5 verb If someone sprays bullets somewhere, they fire a lot of bullets at a group of people or things.
He ran to the top of the building spraying bullets into shoppers below... V n prep/adv
The army lorries were sprayed with machine gun fire from guerrillas in the woods. V n with n
6 verb If something is sprayed, it is painted using paint kept under pressure in a container.
The bare metal was sprayed with several coats of primer. be V-ed with n, Also V n colour
7 verb When someone sprays against insects, they cover plants or crops with a chemical which prevents insects feeding on them.
He doesn't spray against pests or diseases... V against n
Confine the use of insecticides to the evening and do not spray plants that are in flower... V n
Because of the immunity of the immature insects, it's important to spray regularly. V, Also V n prep
8 n-count A spray is a piece of equipment for spraying water or another liquid, especially over growing plants.
9 n-count A spray of flowers or leaves is a number of flowers or leaves on one stem or branch. N of n ...a small spray of freesias.
spray can ( spray cans plural ) , spray-can A spray can is a small metal container containing liquid such as paint under pressure so that it can be sprayed. n-count
spray gun ( spray guns plural ) , spray-gun A spray gun is a piece of equipment which you use to spray paint under pressure onto a surface. n-count
spray paint ( spray paints plural & 3rd person present) ( spray painting present participle) ( spray painted past tense & past participle ) , spray-paint
1 n-mass Spray paint is paint bought in a special can which you spray on a surface by pressing a button on the top of the can.
The walls have been horribly vandalized with spray paint.
2 verb If you spray paint a surface, you paint it using spray paint. If you spray paint something on a surface, you paint it on that surface using spray paint.
The youths are taught how to spray paint cars and mend fences... V n
He spray-painted his name on the wall. V n on n