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Definitions for spatula
ˈspætʃ ə ləspat·u·la

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spatulanoun

    a turner with a narrow flexible blade

  2. spatulanoun

    a hand tool with a thin flexible blade used to mix or spread soft substances


  1. spatulanoun

    A kitchen utensil consisting of a flat surface attached to a long handle, used for turning, lifting or stirring food.

  2. spatulanoun

    A palette knife.

  3. spatulanoun

    A thin hand tool, often made of nickel, for handling chemicals or other materials, when weighing, etc.

  4. Etymology: From spatula, the diminutive form of spatha + -ula ("-ule"). Compare spatha and spathe.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Spatulanoun

    A spattle or slice.

    Etymology: spatha, spathula, Latin.

    Spatula is an instrument used by apothecaries and surgeons in spreading plaisters or stirring medicines together. John Quincy.

    In raising up the hairy scalp smooth with my spatula, I could discover no fault in the bone. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.


  1. spatula

    A spatula is a broad, flat, flexible tool or utensil with a long handle, typically used in cooking for lifting, flipping, or spreading substances. It is generally made of plastic, metal, or wood. Some types of spatulas are also used in laboratories for various purposes like mixing or scraping.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spatulanoun

    an implement shaped like a knife, flat, thin, and somewhat flexible, used for spreading paints, fine plasters, drugs in compounding prescriptions, etc. Cf. Palette knife, under Palette

  2. Etymology: [L. spatula, spathula, dim. of spatha a spatula: F. spatule. See Spade for digging.]


  1. Spatula

    A spatula is a small implement with a broad, flat, flexible blade used to mix, spread and lift materials including foods, drugs, plaster and paints. It derives from the Latin word for a flat piece of wood or splint, and hence can also refer to a tongue depressor. The words spade and spathe are similarly derived. The word spatula is known to have been used in English since 1525.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spatula

    spat′ū-la, Spattle, spat′l, n. a little spade: a broad kind of knife for spreading plasters.—n. Spat′ulamancy, a method of divination by a sheep's shoulder-blade.—adj. Spat′ulāte, shaped like a spatula.—n. Spat′ule, a spatulate formation.—adjs. Spat′uliform, Spatulig′erous. [L. spatula, spathula, dim. of spatha—Gr. spathē.]

Editors Contribution

  1. spatula

    A type of utensil and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Spatula's are mainly used in a kitchen or restaurant.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2017  


  1. Spatula

    the breast bone (q.v.) of cecidomyid larvae.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spatula in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spatula in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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