Definitions for spreaderˈsprɛd ər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
one that spreads.
a small knife or spatula for spreading butter or the like.
a machine for dispersing bulk material.
a device for keeping apart two objects, as electric wires.
a strut for spreading shrouds on a mast.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Origin of spreader:
a hand tool for spreading something
"he used his knife as a spreader"
a mechanical device for scattering something (seed or fertilizer or sand etc.) in all directions
An object or person who spreads.
A spacer or device for keeping two objects apart.
A device used to spread bulk material.
James put grass seed on the lawn with a seed spreader.
A knife or spatula used to distribute a substance such as butter or jelly.
Ellen used a spreader to butter her bagel.
A horizontal athwartships spar attached to the mast of a sailboat in order to extend the shrouds away from the mast.
A machine for combining and drawing fibers of flax to form a sliver preparatory to spinning.
one who, or that which, spreads, expands, or propogates
a machine for combining and drawing fibers of flax to form a sliver preparatory to spinning
A spreader is a spar on a sailboat used to deflect the shrouds to allow them to better support the mast. Often, there are multiples, called spreaders. The spreader or spreaders serve much the same purpose as the crosstrees and tops in a traditional sailing vessel. Spreader design and tuning can be quite complex. The spreaders may be fixed or swinging. The purpose of the spreaders is to control, by either limiting, or inducing, bend into the spar so that when the windward shroud is loaded the mast achieves the desired bend characteristics. The spreaders may be designed to be angled in a way that either forces bend in to the spar or reduces bend, depending on the desired results.
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