from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or practice of expectoration.
  • noun An appearance seen on the surface of silver which has been melted in considerable quantity and then allowed to cool slowly, protuberances like miniature volcanic cones being formed just as the surface of the metal begins to solidify, through the orifices of which oxygen gas escapes, sometimes with sufficient violence to throw out bits of the molten metal.

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  • verb Present participle of spit.
  • noun medicine expectoration

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  • noun the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)


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  • Why do so many people spit in New York? And why do they use such relish while loading their spit?

    April 7, 2008

  • Eew. They use relish??

    April 8, 2008

  • Yes. I can feel it.

    April 8, 2008

  • I've been to New York and no one spat relish at me. Am I missing something?

    April 8, 2008

  • I edited my first comment and maybe now it's easier to understand - hopefully!

    It doesn't change the true passion of New Yorkers for spitting.

    April 8, 2008

  • Not to worry, Pro: I think we both understood your meaning. Misunderstanding is just more amusing.

    April 8, 2008

  • OK! Then spit your relish everywhere in Wordie!

    April 8, 2008

  • *barfs*

    April 8, 2008

  • Asativum's right. I was just playing with you. ;-)

    But please, no relish spitting. Eew.

    April 8, 2008