AskDefine | Define splay

Dictionary Definition

splay adj : turned outward in an ungainly manner; "splay knees" n : an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger


1 spread open or apart; "He splayed his huge hands over the table"
2 turn outward; "These birds can splay out their toes"; "ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees" [syn: turn out, spread out, rotate]
3 move out of position; "dislocate joints"; "the artificial hip joint luxated and had to be put back surgically" [syn: dislocate, luxate, slip]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To display; to spread.
  2. To dislocate, as a shoulder bone.
  3. To spay; to castrate.
  4. To turn on one side; to render oblique; to slope or slant, as the side of a door, window, etc.


  1. Displayed; spread out; turned outward; hence, flat; ungainly; as, splay shoulders.


  1. A slope or bevel, especially of the sides of a door or window, by which the opening is made larger at one face of the wall than at the other, or larger at each of the faces than it is between them.

Extensive Definition

Splay can also refer to:
  • An audio player intended for console use.
  • A Japanese band.
  • An SGC term made up by Scott Johnson
See also Splay tree.
Splay is a physiological term that refers to the difference between urine threshold (the amount of a substance required in the kidneys before it appears in the urine) and saturation, or TM; in this instance, saturation refers to an exhausted supply of renal reabsorption carriers. In simpler terms, splay is the concentration difference between a substance's maximum renal reabsorption vs. appearance in the urine. Splay is usually used in reference to glucose; other substances, such as phosphate, have virtually no splay at all.

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