spindrift

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Etymology[edit]

Variant of earlier spoondrift, with first element assimilated to spin.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈspɪndɹɪft/
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spindrift (countable and uncountable, plural spindrifts)

  1. Sea spray blown from the tops of waves by the wind.
    • J. E. Marr
      The ocean waves are broken up by wind, ultimately producing the storm wrack and spindrift of the tempest-tossed sea.
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 220:
      The tide rocks were spouting spray and the wind drove the spindrift in their faces, and they scrambled awkwardly over and round the rock masses tumbled from the cliff face on the flat ledge at sea-level.
  2. Snow blown by the wind at sea.

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