spindrift
noun Etymology: alteration of Scots speendrift, from speen to drive before a strong wind + English drift Date: 1823 1. sea spray; especially spray blown from waves during a gale 2. fine wind-borne snow or sand

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  • Spindrift — usually refers to spray, particularly to the spray blown from cresting waves during a gale. This spray, which drifts in the direction of the gale, is one of the characteristics of a wind speed of 8 Beaufort and higher at sea.Relatedly, spindrift… …   Wikipedia

  • Spindrift — Spin drift, n. Same as {Spoondrift}. The ocean waves are broken up by wind, ultimately producing the storm wrack and spindrift of the tempest tossed sea. J. E. Marr. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spindrift — c.1600, Scottish formation from verb spene, alteration of spoon to sail before the wind (1570s, of uncertain origin) + DRIFT (Cf. drift). Common in English writers from c 1880, probably at first under the influence of W. Black s novels [OED] …   Etymology dictionary

  • spindrift — ► NOUN 1) spray blown from the crests of waves by the wind. 2) driving snow. ORIGIN from archaic spoondrift, from spoon «run before wind or sea» + DRIFT(Cf. ↑drift) …   English terms dictionary

  • spindrift — [spin′drift΄] n. [earlier spenedrift, Scot var. of spoondrift < spoon, to scud (< ?) + DRIFT] spray blown from a rough sea or surf …   English World dictionary

  • spindrift — Spoondrift Spoon drift ( dr[i^]ft), n. [Spoom + drift.] Spray blown from the tops of waves during a gale at sea; also, snow driven in the wind at sea; written also {spindrift}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spindrift — /ˈspɪndrɪft/ (say spindrift) noun spray swept by a violent wind along the surface of the sea. Also, spoondrift. {spin1 + drift} …   Australian English dictionary

  • spindrift — /spin drift /, n. spray swept by a violent wind along the surface of the sea. Also, spoondrift. [1590 1600; var. of Scots speendrift SPOONDRIFT] * * * …   Universalium

  • spindrift — noun sea spray blown from the tops of waves by the wind …   Wiktionary

  • spindrift — Synonyms and related words: breakers, collar, foam, froth, head, lather, meringue, mousse, offscum, plash, puff, scud, scum, sea foam, shower, slosh, soapsuds, souffle, sparge, spatter, splash, splatter, spoondrift, spray, sprinkle, spume,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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