Definify.com

Webster 1913 Edition


Spatula

Spat′u-la

(?; 135)
,
Noun.
[L.
spatula
,
spathula
, dim. of
spatha
a spatula: F.
spatule
. See
Spade
for digging.]
An implement shaped like a knife, flat, thin, and somewhat flexible, used for spreading paints, fine plasters, drugs in compounding prescriptions, etc. Cf.
Palette knife
, under
Palette
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Spatula

SPAT'ULA

, SPAT'TLE,
Noun.
[L. spathula, spatha, a slice. from the root of L. pateo; so named from its breadth, or from its use in spreading things. A slice; an apothecaries' instrument, for spreading plasters, &c.

Definition 2022


spatula

spatula

See also: spatulă

English

A plastic kitchen spatula for turning and lifting
Spatula for scraping

Noun

spatula (plural spatulas or spatulae or spatulæ)

  1. A kitchen utensil consisting of a flat surface attached to a long handle, used for turning, lifting, or stirring food.
  2. (Canada, US) A kitchen utensil consisting of a flexible surface attached to a long handle, used for scraping the sides of bowls.
  3. (dated) A palette knife.
  4. (chemistry) A thin hand tool, often made of nickel, for handling chemicals or other materials, when weighing, etc.
  5. A croupier's tool for turning up cards in a casino.
    • 1963, Ian Fleming, On Her Majesty's Secret Service
      The croupier delicately faced her other two cards with the tip of his spatula. A four! She had lost!

Synonyms

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations


Latin

Alternative forms

  • spathula

Etymology

Diminutive from spatha (broad, flat tool) + -ula.

Pronunciation

Noun

spatula f (genitive spatulae); first declension

  1. a broad, flat piece.
    spatula porcina — "leg of pork".
  2. a little palm frond.
  3. (Late Latin) a scapula (shoulder blade).
  4. (Late Latin) a spoon or spatula (kitchenware).

Inflection

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative spatula spatulae
genitive spatulae spatulārum
dative spatulae spatulīs
accusative spatulam spatulās
ablative spatulā spatulīs
vocative spatula spatulae

Derived terms

Related terms

Descendants

References