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 for splay
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Splay \Splay\, v. t. [Abbrev. of display.]
     1. To display; to spread. [Obs.] "Our ensigns splayed."
        --Gascoigne.
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     2. To dislocate, as a shoulder bone.
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     3. To spay; to castrate. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
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     4. To turn on one side; to render oblique; to slope or slant,
        as the side of a door, window, etc. --Oxf. Gloss.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Splay \Splay\, a.
     Displayed; spread out; turned outward; hence, flat; ungainly;
     as, splay shoulders.
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           Sonwthing splay, something blunt-edged, unhandy, and
           infelicitous.                            --M. Arnold.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Splay \Splay\, a. (Arch.)
     A slope or bevel, especially of the sides of a door or
     window, by which the opening is made larged at one face of
     the wall than at the other, or larger at each of the faces
     than it is between them.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  splay
      adj 1: turned outward in an ungainly manner; "splay knees"
      n 1: an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem
           larger
      v 1: spread open or apart; "He splayed his huge hands over the
           table"
      2: turn outward; "These birds can splay out their toes"; "ballet
         dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees" [syn: turn
         out, splay, spread out, rotate]
      3: move out of position; "dislocate joints"; "the artificial hip
         joint luxated and had to be put back surgically" [syn:
         dislocate, luxate, splay, slip]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  129 Moby Thesaurus words for "splay":
     aberrate, addition, adjunct, aggrandizement, ampliation,
     amplification, attenuation, augmentation, awkward, bestrew, branch,
     branch out, broadcast, broadcasting, broadening, circumfuse,
     circumfusion, crescendo, deal out, deltoid, deploy, deployment,
     diffract, diffraction, diffuse, diffusion, dilution, dispensation,
     dispense, dispersal, disperse, dispersion, dispread, disseminate,
     dissemination, dissipation, distribute, distribution, divaricate,
     diverge, divergence, divide, enlargement, evaporation, expand,
     expansion, extend, extension, fan, fan out, fan-shape, fan-shaped,
     fanlike, fanned, fanning, fanning out, flabelliform, flare, flared,
     flaring, fragmentation, gawky, go away, go off, hiking, increase,
     issue, lumbering, lumpish, magnification, open, open up, outspread,
     outstretch, outstretched, overgrow, overrun, overscatter, oversow,
     overspread, patulous, peppering, propagate, propagation,
     publication, publish, radiate, radiation, raising, ramify, retail,
     scatter, scattering, scatterment, separate, shotgun pattern, sow,
     sow broadcast, sowing, spattering, splayed, splaying, spraddle,
     spraddled, spraddling, sprangle, sprangled, sprangling, sprawl,
     sprawling, sprawly, spread, spread like wildfire, spread out,
     spreading, sprinkling, stretched-out, strew, strewing, unfold,
     unfolded, ungainly, upping, utter, volatilization, wide-open,
     widen, widening, widespread
  
  

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