spattering


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spat·ter

 (spăt′ər)
v. spat·tered, spat·ter·ing, spat·ters
v.tr.
1. To scatter (a liquid, for example) in drops or small amounts: spattered the paint on the canvas.
2. To spot, splash, or soil with drops or small amounts: The passing car spattered my pants with mud.
3. To strike or land on in a dispersed way: Rain spattered the pavement.
v.intr.
1. To come forth in drops or small amounts: Hot grease spattered in all directions.
2. To fall in a shower or make contact in a dispersed way, as rain or bullets.
n.
1. The act or an instance of spattering: a spatter of mud on his pants.
2. A spattering sound: awakened by the spatter of rain on the window.
3.
a. A drop or splash of something spattered: spatters of paint on his shoes.
b. A small amount; a smattering: just a spatter of praise.

[Perhaps of Low German origin.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spattering - the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosivelyspattering - the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively; "he heard a spatter of gunfire"
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
2.spattering - the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surfacespattering - the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface
painting - the act of applying paint to a surface; "you can finish the job of painting faster with a roller than with a brush"
References in classic literature ?
The white spray rose in a shower over him and little Europa, and fell spattering down upon the water.
Suddenly he heard a sharp report and something struck the water smartly within a few inches of his head, spattering his face with spray.
You are the cause of my being wounded unto death," said one of the young men, letting a gush of scarlet life-blood vomit in his palm, and spattering it into Biscarrat's livid face.