ETYM Old Eng. spite, as. spitu; akin to Dutch spit, German spiess, Old High Germ. spiz, Dan. spid. Swed. spett, and to German spitz pointed.
1. A narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea; SYN. tongue.
2. A skewer for holding meat over a fire.
3. The act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva); SYN. spitting, expectoration.
(Irregular preterit, past participle: spat).
1. To expel or eject from the mouth; SYN. ptyalize, spew, spue.
2. To utter with anger or contempt; SYN. spit out.
Ridge of sand or shingle projecting from the land into a body of water. It is deposited by waves carrying material from one direction to another across the mouth of an inlet (longshore drift). Deposition in the brackish water behind a spit may result in the formation of a salt marsh.