From (etyl) spitu , from (etyl) .
A rod on which meat is grilled (UK English) or broiled (US English).
A narrow, pointed, usually sandy peninsula.
* 1881 , :
The depth to which a spade goes in digging; a spade; a spadeful.
- Or perhaps he may see a group of washerwomen relieved, on a spit of shingle, against the blue sea [..]
To impale on a spit.
- to spit a loin of veal
To attend to a spit; to use a spit.
- infants spitted upon pikes
To spade; to dig.
- She's spitting in the kitchen.
From (etyl) spittan, from (etyl) (compare Danish spytte, Swedish spotta), from (etyl)
[Ayto, John, Dictionary of Word Origins , Arcade Publishing, New York, 1990], of imitiative origin (see spew) [ ]
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(transitive) To evacuate (saliva or another substance) from the mouth.
- Don't spit on the street.
* 1994 , (Stephen Fry), (The Hippopotamus) Chapter 2
- The teacher told her to spit out her bubble gum.
To rain or snow slightly, or with sprinkles.
* Charles Dickens
- At the very moment he cried out, David realised that what he had run into was only the Christmas tree. Disgusted with himself at such cowardice, he spat a needle from his mouth, stepped back from the tree and listened. There were no sounds of any movement upstairs: no shouts, no sleepy grumbles, only a gentle tinkle from the decorations as the tree had recovered from the collision.
To utter violently.
* 1915 , , Shadows of Flames , page 240 [http://books.google.com/books?id=-9AcAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA240&dq=spat]:
- It had been spitting with rain.
* 2004 , edition, ISBN 0743483790, chapter 3, page 23 [http://books.google.com/books?id=d9F9MUiOQD4C&pg=PA23&dq=spat]:
- "Why, you little emasculated Don Juan— You—" he spat an unmentionable name— "d'you think I'd fight one of your tin-soldier farces with you? Clear out!"
(transitive, slang, hip-hop) To utter.
* 2005 , Giselle Zado Wasfie, So Fly
- "Gentleman? You?" he spat .
- A group of black guys were spitting rhymes in the corner, slapping hands and egging one another on.
* Spit'' as the past form is common only in the US, while ''spat is common everywhere.
* spit it out
* spit nails
* spitting chips
* spitting distance
(uncountable) Saliva]], especially when [[expectorate, expectorated.
(countable) An instance of spitting.
- There was spit all over the washbasin.
* expectoration, saliva
* spit wad
(etyl) cap, from (etyl) .
(geography) A piece or point of land, extending beyond the adjacent coast into a sea or lake; a promontory; a headland.
A sleeveless garment or part of a garment, hanging from the neck over the back, arms, and shoulders, but not reaching below the hips.
- Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. […] Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
(nautical) To head or point; to keep a course.
(obsolete) To gape.
- The ship capes southwest by south.
To skin an animal, particularly a deer.