9 letter word starting with sp

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
spaceless adjective Without space.
spacially adverb See Spatially.
spadassin noun A bravo; a bully; a duelist.
spadebone noun Shoulder blade.
spadefish noun An American market fish (Chaetodipterus faber) common on the southern coasts; — called also angel fish, moonfish, and porgy.
spadefoot noun Any species of burrowing toads of the genus Scaphiopus, esp. S. Holbrookii, of the Eastern United States; — called also spade toad.
spadefuls plural of Spadeful
spadicose adjective Spadiceous.
spaghetti noun A variety or macaroni made in tubes of small diameter.
spagyrist noun A chemist, esp. one devoted to alchemistic pursuits., One of a sect which arose in the days of alchemy, who sought to discover remedies for disease by chemical means. The spagyrists historically preceded the iatrochemists.
spanaemia noun A condition of impoverishment of the blood; a morbid state in which the red corpuscles, or other important elements of the blood, are deficient.
spanaemic adjective Of or pertaining to spanaemia; having impoverished blood.
spanceled imp. & past participle of Spancel
spangling present participle & vb. noun of Spangle
spanpiece noun The collar of a roof; sparpiece.
sparadrap noun A cerecloth., Any adhesive plaster.
spareless adjective Unsparing.
spareness noun The quality or state of being lean or thin; leanness.
spar-hung adjective Hung with spar, as a cave.
sparkling present participle & vb. noun of Sparkle, Emitting sparks; glittering; flashing; brilliant; lively; as, sparkling wine; sparkling eyes.
sparpiece noun The collar beam of a roof; the spanpiece.
sparsedly adverb Sparsely.
sparteine noun A narcotic alkaloid extracted from the tops of the common broom (Cytisus scoparius, formerly Spartium scoparium), as a colorless oily liquid of aniline-like odor and very bitter taste.
spasmodic adjective Of or pertaining to spasm; consisting in spasm; occuring in, or characterized by, spasms; as, a spasmodic asthma., Soon relaxed or exhausted; convulsive; intermittent; as, spasmodic zeal or industry., A medicine for spasm.
spatangus noun A genus of heart-shaped sea urchins belonging to the Spatangoidea.
spatially adverb As regards space.
spattered imp. & past participle of Spatter
spatulate adjective Shaped like spatula, or like a battledoor, being roundish, with a long, narrow, linear base.
speakable adjective Capable of being spoken; fit to be spoken., Able to speak.
spearfish noun A large and powerful fish (Tetrapturus albidus) related to the swordfish, but having scales and ventral fins. It is found on the American coast and the Mediterranean., The carp sucker.
spearhead noun The pointed head, or end, of a spear.
spearmint noun A species of mint (Mentha viridis) growing in moist soil. It vields an aromatic oil. See Mint, and Mentha.
spearwood noun An Australian tree (Acacia Doratoxylon), and its tough wood, used by the natives for spears.
spearwort noun A name given to several species of crowfoot (Ranunculus) which have spear-shaped leaves.
specially adverb In a special manner; particularly; especially., For a particular purpose; as, a meeting of the legislature is specially summoned.
specialty noun Particularity., A particular or peculiar case., A contract or obligation under seal; a contract by deed; a writing, under seal, given as security for a debt particularly specified., That for which a person is distinguished, in which he is specially versed, or which he makes an object of special attention; a speciality.
specified imp. & past participle of Specify
specollum noun See Stylet, 2.
speckling present participle & vb. noun of Speckle
spectacle noun Something exhibited to view; usually, something presented to view as extraordinary, or as unusual and worthy of special notice; a remarkable or noteworthy sight; a show; a pageant; a gazingstock., A spy-glass; a looking-glass., An optical instrument consisting of two lenses set in a light frame, and worn to assist sight, to obviate some defect in the organs of vision, or to shield the eyes from bright light., Fig.: An aid to the intellectual sight.
spectator noun One who on; one who sees or beholds; a beholder; one who is personally present at, and sees, any exhibition; as, the spectators at a show.
speculate verb i. To consider by turning a subject in the mind, and viewing it in its different aspects and relations; to meditate; to contemplate; to theorize; as, to speculate on questions in religion; to speculate on political events., To view subjects from certain premises given or assumed, and infer conclusions respecting them a priori., To purchase with the expectation of a contingent advance in value, and a consequent sale at a profit; — often, in a somewhat depreciative sense, of unsound or hazardous transactions; as, to speculate in coffee, in sugar, or in bank stock., To consider attentively; as, to speculate the nature of a thing.
speculist noun One who observes or considers; an observer.
speechful adjective Full of speech or words; voluble; loquacious.
speechify verb i. To make a speech; to harangue.
speeching noun The act of making a speech.
speedless adjective Being without speed.
speedwell noun Any plant of the genus Veronica, mostly low herbs with pale blue corollas, which quickly fall off.
spelicans noun pl. See Spilikin.
spellable adjective Capable of being spelt.
spellwork noun Power or effect of magic; that which is wrought by magic; enchantment.
spermatic adjective Of or pertaining to semen; as, the spermatic fluid, the spermatic vessels, etc.
spermatin noun A substance allied to alkali albumin and to mucin, present in semen, to which it is said to impart the mucilaginous character.
spermatia plural of Spermatium
spermato- Alt. of Spermo-
spermatoa plural of Spermatoon
spermidia plural of Spermidium
spewiness noun The state of being spewy.
spacelate verb i. To die, decay, or become gangrenous, as flesh or bone; to mortify.
sphacelus noun Gangrenous part; gangrene; slough.
sphagnous adjective Pertaining to moss of the genus Sphagnum, or bog moss; abounding in peat or bog moss.
sphenodon noun Same as Hatteria.
sphenotic adjective Of, pertaining to, or designating, the sphenotic bone., The sphenotic bone.
spherical adjective Alt. of Spheric
sphericle noun A small sphere.
sphincter noun A muscle which surrounds, and by its contraction tends to close, a natural opening; as, the sphincter of the bladder., Of, pertaining to, or designating, a sphincter; as, a sphincter muscle.
sphragide noun Lemnian earth.
spicebush noun Spicewood.
spicewood noun An American shrub (Lindera Benzoin), the bark of which has a spicy taste and odor; — called also Benjamin, wild allspice, and fever bush.
spiciform adjective Spike-shaped.
spiciness noun The quality or state of being spicy.
spicosity noun The state of having, or being full of, ears like corn.
spiculate adjective Covered with, or having, spicules., Covered with minute spiculae, or pointed fleshy appendages; divided into small spikelets., To sharpen to a point.
spigurnel noun Formerly the title of the sealer of writs in chancery.
spikebill noun The hooded merganser., The marbled godwit (Limosa fedoa).
spikefish noun See Sailfish (a)
spikenard noun An aromatic plant. In the United States it is the Aralia racemosa, often called spignet, and used as a medicine. The spikenard of the ancients is the Nardostachys Jatamansi, a native of the Himalayan region. From its blackish roots a perfume for the hair is still prepared in India., A fragrant essential oil, as that from the Nardostachys Jatamansi.
spiketail noun The pintail duck.
spilikins plural of Spilikin
spillikin noun See Spilikin.
spindling present participle & vb. noun of Spindle, Long and slender, or disproportionately tall and slender; as, a spindling tree; a spindling boy.
spineback noun A fish having spines in, or in front of, the dorsal fins.
spinebill noun Any species of Australian birds of the genus Acanthorhynchus. They are related to the honey eaters.
spineless adjective Having no spine.
spinetail noun Any one or several species of swifts of the genus Acanthylis, or Chaetura, and allied genera, in which the shafts of the tail feathers terminate in rigid spines., Any one of several species of South American and Central American clamatorial birds belonging to Synallaxis and allied genera of the family Dendrocolaptidae. They are allied to the ovenbirds., The ruddy duck.
spiniform adjective Shaped like a spine.
spininess noun Quality of being spiny.
spinnaker noun A large triangular sail set upon a boom, — used when running before the wind.
spinneret noun One of the special jointed organs situated on the under side, and near the end, of the abdomen of spiders, by means of which they spin their webs. Most spiders have three pairs of spinnerets, but some have only two pairs. The ordinary silk line of the spider is composed of numerous smaller lines jointed after issuing from the spinnerets.
spinosity noun The quality or state of being spiny or thorny; spininess.
spinozism noun The form of Pantheism taught by Benedict Spinoza, that there is but one substance, or infinite essence, in the universe, of which the so-called material and spiritual beings and phenomena are only modes, and that one this one substance is God.
spinozist noun A believer in Spinozism.
spinulose adjective Alt. of Spinulous
spinulous adjective Covered with small spines.
spirality noun The quality or states of being spiral.
spiranthy noun The occasional twisted growth of the parts of a flower.
spiration noun The act of breathing.
spirillum noun A genus of common motile microorganisms (Spirobacteria) having the form of spiral-shaped filaments. One species is said to be the cause of relapsing fever.
spiriting present participle & vb. noun of Spirit
spiritful adjective Full of spirit; spirited.
spiritism noun Spiritualsm.
spiritist noun A spiritualist.
spiritoso adjective & adverb Spirited; spiritedly; — a direction to perform a passage in an animated, lively manner.
spiritous adjective Like spirit; refined; defecated; pure., Ardent; active.
spiritual adjective Consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal; as, a spiritual substance or being., Of or pertaining to the intellectual and higher endowments of the mind; mental; intellectual., Of or pertaining to the moral feelings or states of the soul, as distinguished from the external actions; reaching and affecting the spirits., Of or pertaining to the soul or its affections as influenced by the Spirit; controlled and inspired by the divine Spirit; proceeding from the Holy Spirit; pure; holy; divine; heavenly-minded; — opposed to carnal., Not lay or temporal; relating to sacred things; ecclesiastical; as, the spiritual functions of the clergy; lords spiritual and temporal; a spiritual corporation., A spiritual function, office, or affair. See Spirituality, 2.
spiroylic adjective Alt. of Spiroylous
spirulate noun Having the color spots, or structural parts, arranged spirally.
spissated adjective Rendered dense or compact, as by evaporation; inspissated; thickened.
spit curl A little lock of hair, plastered in a spiral form on the temple or forehead with spittle, or other adhesive substance.
spitously adverb Spitefully.
spitz dog A breed of dogs having erect ears and long silky hair, usually white; — called also Pomeranian dog, and louploup.
splandrel noun See Spandrel.
splashing present participle & vb. noun of Splash
splayfeet plural of Splayfoot
splayfoot noun A foot that is abnormally flattened and spread out; flat foot., Alt. of Splayfooted
spleenful adjective Displaying, or affected with, spleen; angry; fretful; melancholy.
spleenish adjective Spleeny; affected with spleen; fretful.
splenculi plural of Splenculus
splendent adjective Shining; glossy; beaming with light; lustrous; as, splendent planets; splendent metals. See the Note under 3d Luster, 4., Very conspicuous; illustrious.
splenetic adjective Affected with spleen; malicious; spiteful; peevish; fretful., A person affected with spleen.
splenical adjective Splenic.
splenitis noun Inflammation of the spleen.
spleuchan noun A pouch, as for tobacco.
splinting present participle & vb. noun of Splint
splintery adjective Consisting of splinters; resembling splinters; as, the splintery fracture of a mineral.
splitting present participle & vb. noun of Split
splitfeet noun pl. The Fissipedia.
spodumene noun A mineral of a white to yellowish, purplish, or emerald-green color, occuring in prismatic crystals, often of great size. It is a silicate of aluminia and lithia. See Hiddenite.
spoilable adjective Capable of being spoiled.
spoilfive noun A certain game at cards in which, if no player wins three of the five tricks possible on any deal, the game is said to be spoiled.
spoilsmen plural of Spoilsman
spoilsman noun One who serves a cause or a party for a share of the spoils; in United States politics, one who makes or recognizes a demand for public office on the ground of partisan service; also, one who sanctions such a policy in appointments to the public service.
spokesmen plural of Spokesman
spokesman noun One who speaks for another.
spoliated imp. & past participle of Spoliate
spoliator noun One who spoliates; a spoiler.
spongelet noun See Spongiole.
spongeous adjective Resembling sponge; having the nature or qualities of sponge.
spongilla noun A genus of siliceous spongea found in fresh water.
spongiole noun A supposed spongelike expansion of the tip of a rootlet for absorbing water; — called also spongelet.
spongiose adjective Alt. of Spongious
spongious adjective Somewhat spongy; spongelike; full of small cavities like sponge; as, spongious bones.
sponsible adjective responsible; worthy of credit.
spnsorial adjective Pertaining to a sponsor.
spoonbill noun Any one of several species of wading birds of the genera Ajaja and Platalea, and allied genera, in which the long bill is broadly expanded and flattened at the tip., The shoveler. See Shoveler, 2., The ruddy duck. See under Ruddy., The paddlefish.
spoonfuls plural of Spoonful
spoonwood noun The mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia).
spoonworm noun A gephyrean worm of the genus Thalassema, having a spoonlike probiscis.
spoonwort noun Scurvy grass.
sporadial adjective Sporadic.
sporangia plural of Sporangium
sporidium noun A secondary spore, or a filament produced from a spore, in certain kinds of minute fungi., A spore.
sporocarp noun A closed body or conceptacle containing one or more masses of spores or sporangia., A sporangium.
sporocyst noun An asexual zooid, usually forming one of a series of larval forms in the agamic reproduction of various trematodes and other parasitic worms. The sporocyst generally develops from an egg, but in its turn produces other larvae by internal budding, or by the subdivision of a part or all of its contents into a number of minute germs. See Redia., Any protozoan when it becomes encysted produces germs by sporulation.
sporogony noun The growth or development of an animal or a zooid from a nonsexual germ.
sporozoid noun Same as Zoospore.
sportless adjective Without sport or mirth; joyless.
sportling noun A little person or creature engaged in sports or in play.
sportsmen plural of Sportsman
sportsman noun One who pursues the sports of the field; one who hunts, fishes, etc.
sportulae plural of Sportula
spoutfish noun A marine animal that spouts water; — applied especially to certain bivalve mollusks, like the long clams (Mya), which spout, or squirt out, water when retiring into their holes.
spoutless adjective Having no spout.
spragging present participle & vb. noun of Sprag
spraining present participle & vb. noun of Sprain
sprawling present participle & vb. noun of Sprawl
spreading present participle & vb. noun of Spread
sprechery noun Movables of an inferior description; especially, such as have been collected by depredation.
sprigging present participle & vb. noun of Sprig
sprightly superl. Sprightlike, or spiritlike; lively; brisk; animated; vigorous; airy; gay; as, a sprightly youth; a sprightly air; a sprightly dance.
sprigtail noun The pintail duck; — called also sprig, and spreet-tail., The sharp-tailed grouse.
springing present participle & vb. noun of Spring, The act or process of one who, or that which, springs., Growth; increase; also, that which springs up; a shoot; a plant.
springald adjective Alt. of Springall
springall adjective An active, springly young man.
springbok noun Alt. of Springbuck
springlet noun A little spring.
sprinkled imp. & past participle of Sprinkle
sprinkler noun One who sprinkles., An instrument or vessel used in sprinkling; specifically, a watering pot.
sprinting present participle & vb. noun of Sprint
spriteful adjective Alt. of Spritely
spritsail noun A sail extended by a sprit., A sail formerly hung under the bowsprit, from the spritsail yard.
sprouting present participle & vb. noun of Sprout
spuminess noun The quality or condition of being spumy; spumescence.
sputation noun The act of spitting; expectoration.
sputative adjective Inclined to spit; spitting much.
sputtered imp. & past participle of Sputter
sputterer noun One who sputters.