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1 a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby [syn: scattering, sprinkling]
2 the act of sprinkling or splashing water; "baptized with a sprinkling of holy water"; "a sparge of warm water over the malt" [syn: sprinkling, sparge]


1 distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon" [syn: scatter, dot, dust, disperse]
2 cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force; "She splashed the water around her" [syn: splash, splosh]
3 rain gently; "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick" [syn: spit, spatter, patter, pitter-patter]
4 scatter with liquid; wet lightly; "Sprinkle the lawn" [syn: sparge, besprinkle]

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  1. To cause (a substance) to fall in fine drops (for a liquid substance) or small pieces (for a solid substance).
    The confectioner sprinkled icing sugar over the cakes.
  2. To cover (an object) by sprinkling a substance on to it.
    The confectioner sprinkled the cakes with icing sugar.
  3. To drip in fine drops, sometimes sporadically.
    It sprinkled outside all day long.


to cause to fall in fine drops
to cover an object


sprinkle (plural: sprinkles)
  1. A light covering with a sprinkled substance.
    He decorated the Christmas card with a sprinkle of glitter.
  2. A light rain shower.


  • (light covering with a sprinkled substance): sprinkling


A light covering with a sprinkled substance
A light rain shower

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