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spatter

Syllabification: spat·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈspadər
 
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Definition of spatter in English:

verb

[with object]
1Cover with drops or spots of something: passing vehicles spattered his shoes and pants with mud
More example sentences
  • Various scorch marks and spattered blood let her know she had indeed missed something.
  • Someone tossed a melon-rind at Adriana's feet; drops of cool slime spattered her ankles.
  • He could feel the blood spattering his shoulder.
Synonyms
splash, bespatter, splatter, spray, sprinkle, shower, speck, speckle, fleck, mottle, blotch, mark, cover
informal splotch
1.1Scatter or splash (liquid, mud, etc.) over a surface: he spatters grease all over the stove
More example sentences
  • The man fell against the railing as soapy water splashed everywhere, spattering the deck and running off the ship through the rails.
  • A shower of fluid spattered the shaving mirror.
  • Jason finally sprinted ahead, and jumped into the pool, spattering us with water.
1.2 [no object] Fall so as to be scattered over an area: she watched the raindrops spatter down
More example sentences
  • She watched as it spattered on the ground far below.
  • Light rain began to fall, but made no noise as it spattered on the sheer-plated roofs.
  • The rain spattered against the window.

noun

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1A spray or splash of something.
Example sentences
  • To control spatters and the residue of cooking fumes, the entire kitchen should be washed with a good degreaser at least once a week.
  • She stood at the water's edge and felt a spatter hit her face.
  • They're practical and help protect clothes against spatters and spills.
1.1A sprinkling: there was a spatter of freckles over her nose
More example sentences
  • A spatter of bullets told Hoffman of the attempted attack.
  • Anyway, there was a spatter of water just pouring off this lip.
1.2A short outburst of sound: the sharp spatter of shots

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'splutter while speaking'): frequentative, from a base shared by Dutch and Low German spatten 'burst, spout'.

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