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spatter

[spat-er] /ˈspæt ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to scatter or dash in small particles or drops:
The dog spattered mud on everyone when he shook himself.
2.
to splash with something in small particles:
to spatter the ground with water.
3.
to sprinkle or spot with something that soils or stains.
verb (used without object)
4.
to send out small particles or drops, as falling water:
rain spattering on a tin roof.
5.
to strike a surface in or as in a shower, as bullets.
noun
6.
the act or the sound of spattering:
the spatter of rain on a roof.
7.
a splash or spot of something spattered.
Origin of spatter
1575-1585
1575-85; perhaps < Dutch spatt(en) to splash + -er6; compare Dutch spatterig literally, spattery
Related forms
spatteringly, adverb
unspattered, adjective
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  • In a hole as large as this we might get nothing worse than a spattering of dirt.

  • I glanced out on the water, and the spattering shot were like a hailstorm.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Frantically he thrashed there, spattering and floundering in darkness.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • An instant later, the bullets were spattering around us, and we dropped flat.

    Life in a Tank Richard Haigh
  • Rain-drops, hard as hail, were spattering a pool on her head.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • Bullets were humming and whistling overhead, and spattering the ground around him.

    The Flag Homer Greene
  • Then he jumped in, spattering water all over Old Uncle Bullfrog.

    The Jumble Book David Cory
  • If enough stencils are made, the whole design can be made by spattering.

    The Invention of Lithography Alois Senefelder
  • There was yellow clay on the heels and a spattering of yellow clay on the prunella.

    Dominie Dean Ellis Parker Butler
British Dictionary definitions for spattering

spatter

/ˈspætə/
verb
1.
to scatter or splash (a substance, esp a liquid) or (of a substance) to splash (something) in scattered drops: to spatter mud on the car, mud spattered in her face
2.
(transitive) to sprinkle, cover, or spot (with a liquid)
3.
(transitive) to slander or defame
4.
(intransitive) to shower or rain down: bullets spattered around them
noun
5.
the sound of something spattering
6.
something spattered, such as a spot or splash
7.
the act or an instance of spattering
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin; related to Low German, Dutch spatten to spout, Frisian spatteren to splash
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Word Origin and History for spattering

spatter

v.

1570s (implied in spattering), possibly a frequentative verb from the stem of Dutch or Low German spatten "to spout, burst," of imitative origin. Related: Spattered.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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