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English noun: spat

1. spat (communication) a quarrel about petty points


Synonymsbicker, bickering, fuss, pettifoggery, squabble, tiff


Broader (hypernym)dustup, quarrel, row, run-in, words, wrangle

2. spat (artifact) a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles


Synonymsgaiter


Broader (hypernym)leg covering, legging, leging

3. spat (animal) a young oyster or other bivalve


Broader (hypernym)offspring, young


Member meronymBivalvia, class Bivalvia, class Lamellibranchia, class Pelecypoda, Lamellibranchia


English verb: spat

1. spat (weather) come down like raindrops


SamplesBullets were spatting down on us.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)come down, fall, precipitate

2. spat (contact) become permanently attached


SamplesMollusks or oysters spat.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)attach

3. spat (contact) strike with a sound like that of falling rain


SamplesBullets were spatting the leaves.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike

4. spat (communication) clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval


Synonymsacclaim, applaud, clap


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)gesticulate, gesture, motion


Narrower (hyponym)bravo


Entailapprove, O.K., okay, sanction


Antonymsboo, hiss

5. spat (communication) engage in a brief and petty quarrel


ExamplesSam and Sue spat, Sam wants to spat with Sue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel, scrap

6. spat (body) spawn


SamplesOysters spat.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)spawn

7. spat (body) clap one's hands together


SamplesThe children were clapping to the music.


Synonymsclap


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)gesticulate, gesture, motion









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