SYN: expectoration (2).

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  • Spitting — or expectoration is the act of forcibly ejecting saliva or other substances from the mouth. It is normally considered rude and a social taboo in many parts of the world, though spitting can still be occasionally observed in some places. It is… …   Wikipedia

  • spitting —    Though real or pretended spitting for luck or to repel *witchcraft and the *evil eye is an ancient device, concern for hygiene and good manners makes it rare now. However, there are many references to people spitting on a *coin for luck,… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Spitting — Spit Spit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spit} ({Spat}, archaic); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spitting}.] [AS. spittan; akin to G. sp[ u]tzen, Dan. spytte, Sw. spotta,Icel. sp?ta, and prob. E. spew. The past tense spat is due to AS. sp?tte, from sp?tan to spit. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spitting — Spit Spit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spitting}.] [From {Spit}, n.; cf. {Speet}.] 1. To thrust a spit through; to fix upon a spit; hence, to thrust through or impale; as, to spit a loin of veal. Infants spitted upon pikes.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spitting — adj. Spitting is used with these nouns: ↑image …   Collocations dictionary

  • spitting — noun the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva) • Syn: ↑spit, ↑expectoration • Derivationally related forms: ↑expectorate (for: ↑expectoration), ↑spit, ↑spit ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • spitting — The worst kind of insult was to spit into someone s face (Num. 12:14; Matt. 26:67), but sometimes Jesus spat in the performance of healings (Mark 7:33) …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • spitting — n. act of expelling saliva from the mouth, expectorating adj. that spits, that ejects saliva from the mouth spɪt n. saliva; act of ejecting saliva; pointed rod on which meat is roasted; perfect likeness; light rainfall or snowfall; narrow… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • spitting — spit·ting …   English syllables

  • Spitting cobra — refers to any one of several species of cobras that have the ability to spit or eject venom from their mouth when defending themselves against predators. The spit venom is harmless to intact skin. However, it can cause permanent blindness if… …   Wikipedia

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