Definition of "spud" [spud]

  • Slang A potato. (noun)
  • A sharp spadelike tool used for rooting or digging out weeds. (noun)
  • A short section of pipe or a threaded fitting that completes a connection, as between a longer pipe and a nozzle, valve, or meter. (noun)
  • To remove with a sharp spadelike tool. (verb-transitive)
  • To begin drilling operations on: spud an oil well. (verb-transitive)

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Use "spud" in a sentence
  • "The island way of life, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and even "" Bud the spud from the bright red mud "" all evoke vibrant images of the island."
  • "As reported earlier, the Company has engineered the next offset location near the NOJ26 and will be announcing a near term spud date sometime in January."
  • "Most collimators use an expanding or caliber-specific arbor -- I've also heard it called a spud -- that fits snuggly into the bore and onto which the collimator is affixed."