American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Past tense and past participle of spend.
- adj. Used up; consumed: a spent youth.
- adj. Having come to an end; passed: a spent era of opulence.
- adj. Depleted of energy, force, or strength; exhausted: At the end of the hot day the spent workers slept under a shady tree.
- adj. Nautical Of or relating to a vessel at the end of a voyage, with fuel, stores, and water consumed and cargo discharged.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nearly or quite exhausted or worn out; having lost force or vitality; inefficient; impotent: generally in a comparative sense. A spent deer or other animal is one that has been chased or wounded nearly to death. A spent ball is a flying ball (from a gun) that has so nearly lost its impulse as to be unable to penetrate an object struck by it, though it may occasionally inflict a dangerous contused wound. A spent bill of lading or other commercial document is one that has fulfilled its purpose and should be canceled.
- Exhausted by spending or spawning; of fish, having spawned.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Exhausted; worn out; having lost energy or motive force.
- adj. (Zoöl.) Exhausted of spawn or sperm; -- said especially of fishes.
- adj. depleted of energy, force, or strength
- adj. drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted
“The Differential Calculus is begun and the remainder of the term spent on exercises in differentiation of functions.”
“Joseph Jackson didn't read the contract he signed for the boys; he thought he was committing them for one year but in effect Motown locked them in for five; their royalty rate amounted to roughly a dime per album -- say $100,000 for a million records sold -- minus whatever the label spent on the band, for recording and just about anything else.”
“I guess a quarter of the time of the term spent campaigning is better than half.”
“: I guess a quarter of the time of the term spent campaigning is better than half.”
“Jay Hammond, who in the last two years of his term spent six weeks a year at his remote Lake Clark homestead, according to his former chief of staff, Jerry Reinwand.”
“If any of the time that this title spent in production limbo was spent on improving its dub, it doesn't show.”
“McCain spent years building a reputation as a straight talker who was willing to buck the party line in the better interests of the country.”
“Every dollar spent is another piece of the country sold to China. they are mor interested in illegal alliens then their own citizens. they are acting like traitors. surfdog san diego”
“I am glad that McCain spent the time to explain the rulings by Sotomayor that show her to exceed her authority.”
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