Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Positioned with the arms and legs stretched out.
  • adj. Informal Full of patriotic or jingoistic rhetoric.
  • transitive v. To place in a spread-eagle position, especially as a means of punishment.
  • intransitive v. To assume a spread-eagle position.
  • intransitive v. To make a grandiloquent, patriotic speech.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lying with arms and legs outstretched and separated.
  • adj. Characterized by a pretentious, boastful, exaggerated style; bombastic.
  • adv. With arms and legs extended and spread.
  • v. To put into a spread-eagle position, with arms and legs extended and spread.
  • v. To put one's body in a spread eagle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An eagle displayed; an eagle with the wings and legs extended on each side of the body, as in the double-headed eagle of Austria and Russia. See Displayed, 2.
  • adj. Characterized by a pretentious, boastful, exaggerated style; defiantly or extravagantly bombastic, especially regarding of the greatness of the U. S..
  • intransitive v. To assume a spread-eagled position; -- it may be done reclining, for relaxation, or momentarily, as an exhibitionary maneuver in a sport.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the form or characteristics of a spread eagle, or of the kind of display so called; hence, ostentatious; bombastic; boastful: as, a spread-eagle oration. See spread eagle, under eagle.
  • To stretch out in the attitude of a spread eagle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. execute a spread eagle on skates, with arms and legs stretched out
  • v. defeat disastrously
  • v. stretch out completely
  • adj. with arms and legs stretched out and apart
  • v. stretch over
  • v. stand with arms and legs spread out
  • n. a skating figure executed with the skates heel to heel in a straight line
  • n. an emblem (an eagle with wings and legs spread) on the obverse of the Great Seal of the United States
  • v. defeat disastrously

Etymologies

From splayed-eagle (in heraldry), splayed + eagle (Wiktionary)

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