Definition of Spatter

1. Noun. The noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively. "He heard a spatter of gunfire"

Exact synonyms: Spattering, Splatter, Splattering, Splutter, Sputter, Sputtering
Generic synonyms: Noise
Derivative terms: Splat, Splutter, Sputter, Sputter

2. Verb. Dash a liquid upon or against. "The mother splashed the baby's face with water"
Exact synonyms: Plash, Splash, Splatter, Splosh, Swash
Specialized synonyms: Puddle, Slosh, Slosh Around, Slush, Slush Around
Generic synonyms: Disperse, Dot, Dust, Scatter, Sprinkle
Derivative terms: Plash, Spattering, Splash, Splash, Splash, Splashing, Splatter, Splattering, Swash

3. Noun. The act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface.
Exact synonyms: Spattering, Splash, Splashing, Splattering
Generic synonyms: Painting
Derivative terms: Splash, Splash, Splash, Splash, Splash, Splatter

4. Verb. Rain gently. "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick"
Exact synonyms: Patter, Pitter-patter, Spit, Sprinkle
Generic synonyms: Rain, Rain Down
Derivative terms: Sprinkle, Sprinkling

5. Verb. Spot, splash, or soil. "They spatter the bread with melted butter"; "The baby spattered the bib with food"
Exact synonyms: Bespatter
Generic synonyms: Blob, Blot, Fleck, Spot

Definition of Spatter

1. v. t. To sprinkle with a liquid or with any wet substance, as water, mud, or the like; to make wet of foul spots upon by sprinkling; as, to spatter a coat; to spatter the floor; to spatter boots with mud.

2. v. i. To throw something out of the mouth in a scattering manner; to sputter.

Definition of Spatter

1. Verb. To splash with small droplets. ¹

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Definition of Spatter

1. to scatter in drops [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Spatter

1. 1. To sprinkle with a liquid or with any wet substance, as water, mud, or the like; to make wet of foul spots upon by sprinkling; as, to spatter a coat; to spatter the floor; to spatter boots with mud. "Upon any occasion he is to be spattered over with the blood of his people." (Burke) 2. To distribute by sprinkling; to sprinkle around; as, to spatter blood. 3. To injure by aspersion; to defame; to soil; also, to throw out in a defamatory manner. Origin: From the root of spit salvia. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Spatter

spatium perilymphaticum
spatium peripharyngeum
spatium retroinguinale
spatium retroperitoneale
spatium retropharyngeum
spatium subdurale
spatter (current term)

Literary usage of Spatter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"Spat (2), young of shell-fish. (E.) From spat-, to eject, the base of spatter. Cf. Du. spat, a speckle, spot; and see spatter. Spate, a river-flood. ..."

2. The Jonson Allusion-Book: A Collection of Allusions to Ben Jonson from 1597-1700 by Jesse Franklin Bradley, Joseph Quincy Adams (1922)
"... Brains And Art to strike the White, As you have levell'd right: Yet if Men vouch not things Apochryphal, You bellow, rave, and spatter round your Gall. ..."

3. A Dictionary of the English Language: Abridged from the American Dictionary by Noah Webster (1833)
"Be-sprak, vtp bespoke, bespoken, to speak Be-sprin'-kle, ч. t. to sprinkle nr sp Be-sprin'-kled,* p. sprinkled over. r spatter over. ..."

4. A Dictionary of English Etymology by Hensleigh Wedgwood, John Christopher Atkinson (1872)
"... E. spatter, sputter, or with a formative / instead of r, spittle, to splash or dirty (Hal. ... spatter ..."

5. The American Girl's Home Book of Work and Play by Helen Campbell (1902)
"The materials needed for spatter-work are bristol-board, India-ink, a fine-toothed comb, toothbrush having long firm bristles, some fine pins, a tack-hammer ..."

6. The Illustrated Magazine of Art (1853)
"satchel ; hie shoulders are covered with a lion's skin ; his legs are enveloped in spatter-dashes, laced in the front, and his feet in a kind of curved clog ..."

7. Concrete Construction about the Home and on the Farm by Atlas Portland Cement Company (1905)
"This coat can be put on and smoothed with a wooden float, or it can be thrown on with a trowel or large stiff-fibered brush, if a spatter-dash finish is ..."

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