Definition of splay verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

splay

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//spleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spleɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they splay
BrE BrE//spleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spleɪ//
 
he / she / it splays
BrE BrE//spleɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spleɪz//
 
past simple splayed
BrE BrE//spleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spleɪd//
 
past participle splayed
BrE BrE//spleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spleɪd//
 
-ing form splaying
BrE BrE//ˈspleɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspleɪɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] splay (something) (out) to make fingers, legs, etc. become further apart from each other or spread out; to be spread out wide apart She lay on the bed, her arms and legs splayed out. His long fingers splayed across her back. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘unfold to view, display’): shortening of the verb display.
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