Definitions for: Sprinkle


[n] the act of sprinkling or splashing water; "baptized with a sprinkling of holy water"; "a sparge of warm water over the malt"
[n] a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby
[v] scatter with liquid; wet lightly; "Sprinkle the lawn"
[v] cause (a liquid) to spatter about, esp. with force; "She splashed the water around her"
[v] distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon."
[v] rain gently; "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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,
etc.

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.


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.
16.

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.


Sprin"kle, n.
1. A small quantity scattered, or sparsely distributed; a
sprinkling.

2. A utensil for sprinkling; a sprinkler. [Obs.]

Synonyms: besprinkle, patter, pitter-patter, scattering, sparge, sparge, spatter, spit, splash, splosh, sprinkling, sprinkling

See Also: aerosolise, aerosolize, bespangle, discharge, disperse, dot, drizzle, dust, moisten, plash, rain, rain down, rain shower, scatter, shower, spatter, splatter, spray, sprinkle, swash, watering, wet

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