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English Dictionary: sprinkle by the DICT Development Group
4 results for sprinkle
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby
    Synonym(s): scattering, sprinkle, sprinkling
  2. the act of sprinkling or splashing water; "baptized with a sprinkling of holy water"; "a sparge of warm water over the malt"
    Synonym(s): sprinkle, sprinkling, sparge
  1. distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
    Synonym(s): scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperse
  2. cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force; "She splashed the water around her"
    Synonym(s): sprinkle, splash, splosh
  3. rain gently; "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick"
    Synonym(s): sprinkle, spit, spatter, patter, pitter- patter
  4. scatter with liquid; wet lightly; "Sprinkle the lawn"
    Synonym(s): sprinkle, sparge, besprinkle
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sprinkle \Sprin"kle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sprinkled}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Sprinkling}.] [OE. sprenkelen, freq. of sprengen to
      sprinkle, to scatter, AS. sprengan, properly, to make to
      spring, causative of springan to spring; akin to D.
      sprenkelen to sprinkle, G. sprengen. See {Spring}, v. i., and
      cf. {Sprent}.]
      1. To scatter in small drops or particles, as water, seed,
      2. To scatter on; to disperse something over in small drops
            or particles; to besprinkle; as, to sprinkle the earth
            with water; to sprinkle a floor with sand.
      3. To baptize by the application of a few drops, or a small
            quantity, of water; hence, to cleanse; to purify.
                     Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.
                                                                              --Heb. x. 22.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sprinkle \Sprin"kle\, v. i.
      1. To scatter a liquid, or any fine substance, so that it may
            fall in particles.
                     And the priest shall . . . sprinkle of the oil with
                     his finger seven times before the Lord. --Lev. xiv.
      2. To rain moderately, or with scattered drops falling now
            and then; as, it sprinkles.
      3. To fly or be scattered in small drops or particles.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sprinkle \Sprin"kle\, n.
      1. A small quantity scattered, or sparsely distributed; a
      2. A utensil for sprinkling; a sprinkler. [Obs.]
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