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spoon



Pronunciation: (spOOn), [key]
n.
1. a utensil for use in eating, stirring, measuring, ladling, etc., consisting of a small, shallow bowl with a handle.
2. any of various implements, objects, or parts resembling or suggesting this.
3. a spoonful.
4. Also called spoon' bait". Angling.a lure used in casting or trolling for fish, consisting of a bright spoon-shaped piece of metal or the like, swiveled above one or more fishhooks, and revolving as it is drawn through the water.
5. Also called number three wood. Golf.a club with a wooden head whose face has a greater slope than the brassie or driver, for hitting long, high drives from the fairway.
6. a curved piece projecting from the top of a torpedo tube to guide the torpedo horizontally and prevent it from striking the side of the ship from which it was fired.
7. born with a silver spoon in one's mouth, born into a wealthy family; having an inherited fortune: She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and never worked a day in her life.

v.t.
1. to eat with, take up, or transfer in or as in a spoon.
2. to hollow out or shape like a spoon.
3. Games.
a. to push or shove (a ball) with a lifting motion instead of striking it soundly, as in croquet or golf.
b. to hit (a ball) up in the air, as in cricket.
4. Informal.to show affection or love toward by kissing and caressing, esp. in an openly sentimental manner.

v.i.
1. Informal.to show affection or love by kissing and caressing, esp. in an openly sentimental manner.
2. Games.to spoon a ball.
3. Angling.to fish with a spoon.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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