spit
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English spitu; akin to Old High German spiz spit, spizzi pointed Date: before 12th century 1. a slender pointed rod for holding meat over a fire 2. a small point of land especially of sand or gravel running into a body of water II. transitive verb (spitted; spitting) Date: 13th century to fix on or as if on a spit ; impale III. verb (spit or spat; spitting) Etymology: Middle English spitten, from Old English spittan; akin to Middle High German spiutzen to spit Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to eject (as saliva) from the mouth ; expectorate b. (1) to express (unpleasant or malicious feelings) by or as if by spitting (2) to utter with a spitting sound or scornful expression <
spat out his words
>
c. to emit as if by spitting; especially to emit (precipitation) in driving particles or in flurries <
spit rain
>
2. to set to burning <
spit a fuse
>
intransitive verb 1. a. (1) to eject saliva as an expression of aversion or contempt (2) to exhibit contempt b. to eject matter (as saliva) from the mouth ; expectorate 2. to rain or snow slightly or in flurries 3. to make a noise suggesting expectoration ; sputter IV. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) spittle, saliva (2) the act or an instance of spitting b. (1) a frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs (2) spittlebug 2. perfect likeness 3. a sprinkle of rain or flurry of snow

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  • spit — Ⅰ. spit [1] ► VERB (spitting; past and past part. spat or spit) 1) eject saliva forcibly from one s mouth. 2) forcibly eject (food or liquid) from one s mouth. 3) say in a hostile way. 4) (o …   English terms dictionary

  • spit — spit1 [spit] n. [ME spite < OE spitu, akin to OHG spizzi, sharp: for IE base see SPIKE1] 1. a thin, pointed rod or bar on which meat is impaled for broiling or roasting over a fire or before other direct heat 2. a narrow point of land, or a… …   English World dictionary

  • Spit — Spit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spitting}.] [From {Spit}, n.; cf. {Speet}.] 1. To thrust a spit through; to fix upon a spit; hence, to thrust through or impale; as, to spit a loin of veal. Infants spitted upon pikes. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spit — Spit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spit} ({Spat}, archaic); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spitting}.] [AS. spittan; akin to G. sp[ u]tzen, Dan. spytte, Sw. spotta,Icel. sp?ta, and prob. E. spew. The past tense spat is due to AS. sp?tte, from sp?tan to spit. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spit — Spit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spit} ({Spat}, archaic); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spitting}.] [AS. spittan; akin to G. sp[ u]tzen, Dan. spytte, Sw. spotta,Icel. sp?ta, and prob. E. spew. The past tense spat is due to AS. sp?tte, from sp?tan to spit. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spit — Студийный альбом Kittie …   Википедия

  • spit — vb, spit or spat spat; spit·ting vt to eject (as saliva) from the mouth vi to eject saliva from the mouth spit n SALIVA …   Medical dictionary

  • Spit — Spit, v. i. To attend to a spit; to use a spit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] She s spitting in the kitchen. Old Play. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spit — Spit, n. [OE. spite, AS. spitu; akin to D. spit, G. spiess, OHG. spiz, Dan. spid. Sw. spett, and to G. spitz pointed. [root]170.] 1. A long, slender, pointed rod, usually of iron, for holding meat while roasting. [1913 Webster] 2. A small point… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spit — Spit, v. i. 1. To throw out saliva from the mouth. [1913 Webster] 2. To rain or snow slightly, or with sprinkles. [1913 Webster] It had been spitting with rain. Dickens. [1913 Webster] {To spit on} or {To spit upon}, to insult grossly; to treat… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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