- any of various devices for sprinkling, as a watering pot, a container of water with a perforated top used to sprinkle clothes before ironing, or especially a perforated ring or small stand with a revolving nozzle to which a hose is attached for watering a lawn with a fine, even spray.
- a person who sprinkles.
- to provide (a warehouse, school, office building, etc.) with a sprinkler system.
Origin of sprinkler
Examples from the Web for sprinkler
He cites stricter compliance for things such as sprinkler systems.Why Are Girl Scout Camps Being Closed?
January 12, 2014
The sprinklers are set off, so, naturally, Ghost Shark arrives through the sprinkler water and eats the museum keeper.The Craziest Moments From ‘Ghost Shark’ (VIDEO)
August 23, 2013
My dad was a sprinkler fitter and he was in the union, so we moved around every three years for his job.Punk Rock-Feminist Pioneer Kathleen Hanna on Her SXSW Doc and More
March 13, 2013
Once four of us were told we had an hour to nap, but we had to do it under a sprinkler.Inside Seal Team Six by Don Mann Excerpt
December 4, 2011
Before those flames reached the sprinkler directly above their table, I rushed over with a cotton napkin to put out the fire.Confessions of Charlie Sheen's Bartender
February 6, 2011
The curate took the sprinkler and sprinkled the stone with holy water.An Eagle Flight
It was impossible to use this sprinkler without wetting the head.Convenient Houses
Louis Henry Gibson
Here and there a sprinkler tossed its spray into the sunlight.Full-Back Foster
Ralph Henry Barbour
The priest who gets the leavened bread must be the sprinkler of the blood.Notes on the Book of Leviticus
C. H. Mackintosh
The curate then took up the sprinkler and sprinkled the stones with holy water.Friars and Filipinos
- a device perforated with small holes that is attached to a garden hose or watering can and used to spray plants, lawns, etc, with water
- a person or thing that sprinkles
- See sprinkler system
Word Origin and History for sprinkler
1530s, agent noun from sprinkle (v.).