What does spread-eagle mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spread eagle(noun)

    an emblem (an eagle with wings and legs spread) on the obverse of the Great Seal of the United States

  2. spread eagle(adj)

    a skating figure executed with the skates heel to heel in a straight line

  3. spread-eagle(verb)

    with arms and legs stretched out and apart

    "lay spread-eagle on the floor"

  4. spread-eagle(verb)

    stretch out completely

    "They spread-eagled him across the floor"

  5. spread-eagle(verb)

    stretch over

    "His residences spread-eagle the entire county"

  6. spread-eagle(verb)

    execute a spread eagle on skates, with arms and legs stretched out

  7. spread-eagle(verb)

    stand with arms and legs spread out

  8. spread-eagle, spreadeagle, rout(verb)

    defeat disastrously


  1. spread-eagle(v. i.)

    To assume a spread-eagled position; -- it may be done reclining, for relaxation, or momentarily, as an exhibitionary maneuver in a sport.


  1. spread-eagle(Verb)

    To put into a spread-eagle position, with arms and legs extended and spread.

  2. spread-eagle(Verb)

    To put one's body in a spread eagle.

  3. spread-eagle(Adverb)

    With arms and legs extended and spread.

  4. spread-eagle(Adjective)

    Lying with arms and legs outstretched and separated.

  5. spread-eagle(Adjective)

    Characterized by a pretentious, boastful, exaggerated style; bombastic.

  6. Origin: From splayed-eagle , splay + eagle

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spread-eagle(adj)

    characterized by a pretentious, boastful, exaggerated style; defiantly or extravagantly bombastic; as, a spread-eagle orator; a spread-eagle speech


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spread-eagle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spread-eagle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Images & Illustrations of spread-eagle

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