Definitions

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

  • n. Windblown sea spray. Also called spoondrift.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. sea spray blown from the tops of waves by the wind
  • n. snow blown by the wind at sea

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as spoondrift.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, the spray of salt water blown along the surface of the sea in heavy winds.

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

  • n. spray blown up from the surface of the sea

Etymologies

Variant of Scots spenedrift : spene (variant of obsolete spoon, to run before the wind) + drift.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • This "spindrift" (6) cuts to the marrow with its chilling mist, its clarifying ambiguity.

    A Motley Vision

  • The air was filled with spindrift like a fog or spray.

    CHAPTER XXX

  • My face was stung to severe pain by the high-driving spindrift, and I had a feeling that the wind was blowing the cobwebs out of my sleep-starved brain.

    CHAPTER XII

  • In the spindrift orb to grow or char strange wings.

    Upwards, Into the White Eye Rising

  • Finally, acknowledge that you're going to miss things, because your head is going to wind up very cluttered with spindrift and nonsense and other things that didn't make the page.

    seanan_mcguire: Thoughts on Writing #30: Continuity Trapper Keeper.

  • He does control a lot of things, but so much of it takes time to enact that really, for much of his job, he is helpless in the spindrift of what the previous administration did.

    Miscellaneous F: 10/10/2006

  • And the first detailed drops splashing at the bottom of the goblet with a scatter of spindrift, each fleck embellished with the finicky rigor of some precisionist painting.

    Underworld

  • Each boxcar had an identical little vortex of spindrift coming off the trailing edge of the roof – really pretty under the slate gray dawn.

    Geminids

  • Irving struggled out through a foot of new spindrift under the canvas pyramid, lantern blowing back toward his face, as he searched for one of the men not swinging an axe in the darkness.

    The Terror

  • But even though the men work hours every day shoveling avenues through the foot or so of snow left for insulation on deck, hacking away ice with picks and chisels, clearing out the spindrift that has come under the canvas roof, and finally putting lines of sand down for traction, there always remains a glaze of ice.

    The Terror

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