from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chronic, chiefly tropical disease characterized by diarrhea, emaciation, and anemia, caused by defective absorption of nutrients from the intestinal tract.
- n. The hole through which molten material is chanelled into a mold.
- n. The waste material filling or protruding from this hole after hardening.
- n. The usually plastic rod or framework that secures molded objects, such as model parts or game pieces, before their first use.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tropical disease causing a sore throat and tongue, and disturbed digestion; psilosis.
- n. The hole through which melted metal is poured into the gate, and thence into the mold.
- n. Material that cools in the feed channels to a mold.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Strictly, the hole through which melted metal is poured into the gate, and thence into the mold.
- n. The waste piece of metal cast in this hole; hence, dross.
- n. Same as Sprew.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In casting metal, one of the passages leading from the “skimming-gate” to the mold; also, the metal which fills the sprue or sprue-gate after solidification: same as dead-head, 1 . Also called sprue-gate.
- n. A piece of metal or wood used by a molder in making the ingate through the sand.
- n. See sprew.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a chronic disorder that occurs in tropical and non-tropical forms and in both children and adults; nutrients are not absorbed; symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhea and emaciation
Dutch spruw, from Middle Dutch sprouwe.
Perhaps of Scots origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch spruw, sprouw. (Wiktionary)