Splay v. t.
1. To display; to spread. [Obs.] “Our ensigns splayed.”
2. To dislocate, as a shoulder bone.
3. To spay; to castrate. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
4. To turn on one side; to render oblique; to slope or slant, as the side of a door, window, etc.
Splay, a. Displayed; spread out; turned outward; hence, flat; ungainly; as, splay shoulders.
Sonwthing splay, something blunt-edged, unhandy, and infelicitous. --M. Arnold.
Splay, a. Arch. A slope or bevel, especially of the sides of a door or window, by which the opening is made larged at one face of the wall than at the other, or larger at each of the faces than it is between them.
adj : turned outward in an ungainly manner; "splay knees"
n : an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem
v 1: spread open or apart; "He splayed his huge hands over the
2: turn outward; "These birds can splay out their toes";
"ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees"
[syn: turn out, spread out, rotate]
3: move out of position; "dislocate joints"; "the artificial
hip joint luxated and had to be put back surgically" [syn:
dislocate, luxate, slip]