1. An instrument used to distribute a substance over a surface or area. 2. A device for spacing or parting structures.
- gutta-percha s. an instrument used in dentistry for condensing gutta-percha laterally in a root canal.
- rib s. a retractor for widening the space between ribs in intrathoracic operations.
- root canal s. a tapered instrument utilized for condensing root filling materials laterally.

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spread·er (spredґər) an instrument for distributing something over a broad area.

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  • Spreader —   [ spredə; englisch] der, s/ , Tragrahmen an Hebezeugen als Aufnahmevorrichtung für Container. * * * Sprea|der [ sprɛdə], der; s, [engl. spreader, zu: to spread, ↑Spread]: Tragrahmen an Hebezeugen als Aufnahmevorrichtung für Container …   Universal-Lexikon

  • spreader — [spred′ər] n. a person or thing that spreads; specif., a) a small, dull knife for spreading butter, etc. b) a contrivance for scattering something [a fertilizer spreader] c) a device, as a bar, for keeping apart wires, stays, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Spreader — Spread er ( [ e]r), n. 1. One who, or that which, spreads, expands, or propagates. [1913 Webster] 2. A machine for combining and drawing fibers of flax to form a sliver preparatory to spinning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spreader — (Anlege), s. Seidenspinnerei, S. 42 …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • spreader — (izg. spréder) m DEFINICIJA tehn. zahvatni uređaj na dizalici za dizanje i prijenos kontejnera ETIMOLOGIJA engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Spreader — Als Spreader oder Containergeschirr bezeichnet man im Betrieb der Umschlagbahnhöfe und Hafen Terminals die Hebezeuge, mit denen ISO genormte Container umgeschlagen werden. Meist handelt sich hierbei um Teleskoprahmen, die auf die Länge (20 , 30 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • spreader — noun a) An object or person who spreads. James put grass seed on the lawn with a seed spreader. b) A spacer or device for keeping two objects apart. Ellen used a spreader to butter her bagel …   Wiktionary

  • spreader — Rance Rance (r[a^]ns), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] 1. A prop or shore. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] 2. A round between the legs of a chair; also called a {spreader}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spreader — /spred euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that spreads. 2. a small, dull knife or spatula used for spreading butter, jelly, etc., on bread. 3. a machine for dispersing bulk material: manure spreader. 4. a device for spacing or keeping apart two… …   Universalium

  • spreader — noun Spreader is used after these nouns: ↑manure …   Collocations dictionary

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