from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small implement having a broad, flat, flexible blade that is used to mix, spread, or lift material.
- n. A device, such as a small wooden paddle, used to press down the tongue during an examination of the mouth or throat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A kitchen utensil consisting of a flat surface attached to a long handle, used for turning, lifting, or stirring food.
- n. A palette knife.
- n. A thin hand tool, often made of nickel, for handling chemicals or other materials, when weighing, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An implement shaped like a knife, flat, thin, and somewhat flexible, used for spreading paints, fine plasters, drugs in compounding prescriptions, etc. Cf. Palette knife, under palette.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A broad flat blade or strip of metal or wood, with unsharpened edges and a commonly rounded outer end (which may be spoon-shaped), and a handle: used for spreading, smoothing, scraping up, or stirring substances, comminuting powders, etc.
- n. A genus of Anatinæ, having the bill much longer than the head or tarsus, twice as wide at the end as at the base, there broadly rounded and spoon-shaped, with narrow prominent nail and numerous protrusive lamellæ; the shoveler-ducks or souchets.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a turner with a narrow flexible blade
- n. a hand tool with a thin flexible blade used to mix or spread soft substances
Latin, flat piece of wood, splint, diminutive of spatha, broadsword; see spathe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin spatula ("a flat piece"), the diminutive form of spatha ("broad or flat tool") + -ula ("-ule"). Compare spatha and spathe. (Wiktionary)