American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A faucet. See Regional Note at andiron.
- n. A wooden faucet placed in the bunghole of a cask.
- n. The vent plug of a cask.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small peg or plug designed to be driven into a gimlet-hole in a cask through which, when open, the contained liquor is drawn off; hence, by extension, any plug fitting into a faucet used for drawing off liquor.
- n. A pin or peg used to stop the vent in a cask
- n. The plug of a faucet or cock.
- n. A faucet. (Appalachian)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A pin or peg used to stop the vent in a cask; also, the plug of a faucet or cock.
- n. a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir
- n. a plug for a bunghole in a cask
- Middle English, perhaps from Old French *espigot, diminutive of Old Provençal espiga, ear of grain, from Latin spīca. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The truth about paid media: Paid media works, but only so long as the money spigot is turned on and gushing.”
“The spigot is stopping Nov. 2," he says, when voters will be sending a message to Congress.”
“* If the Saudi oil spigot is shut off, by terrorism or by political revolution, the effect on the global economy, and particularly on the economy of the United States, will be devastating.”
“They’re still frothing at the mouth over 9/11 and want to kill as many brown people as possible before the spigot is shut off.”
“Instead of holding back -- working with a fragile amount of space and condensing language to make effective and subtle suggestions -- I open up the word spigot and, in doing so, the fictional world of the story.”
“Collecting rainwater from the gutter into a bucket with a spigot could be a spiffy way to get some clean water - or a fast way to gather some watered-down bird poop in a big tub.”
“Is the defense-spending "spigot" remaining open after all?”
“Although, in Mr. Gates's words, the defense spending "spigot" that opened after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is being closed, the Pentagon is increasing its commitment to select military hardware, among them the most costly weapons program ever, the Joint Strike Fighter, as well as various ships and submarines.”
“They'd already narrowed the "spigot" by half with concomitant price increases at the pump.”
“Both men knew that meant only one thing: somehow Bear had to be given access to the Fed “window,” that is, the spigot of cash that was available to the nation’s commercial banks, but not its investment banks.”
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