- 1Cover with drops or spots of something: passing vehicles spattered his shoes and trousers with mudMore 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.
- 1.1Scatter or splash (liquid, mud, etc.) over a surface: he spatters grease all over the cookerMore 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 downMore 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.
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- 1A spray or splash of something: she stood clear of the spatter of water that came off the stepsMore 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 noseMore example sentences
- A spatter of bullets told Hoffman of the attempted attack.
- Anyway, there was a spatter of water just pouring off this lip.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'splutter while speaking'): frequentative, from a base shared by Dutch, Low German spatten 'burst, spout'.