• WordNet 3.6
    • v spatter dash a liquid upon or against "The mother splashed the baby's face with water"
    • v spatter spot, splash, or soil "The baby spattered the bib with food"
    • v spatter rain gently "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick"
    • n spatter the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface
    • n spatter the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively "he heard a spatter of gunfire"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spatter Fig.: To injure by aspersion; to defame; to soil; also, to throw out in a defamatory manner.
    • Spatter To distribute by sprinkling; to sprinkle around; as, to spatter blood.
    • Spatter 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."
    • v. i Spatter To throw something out of the mouth in a scattering manner; to sputter. "That mind must needs be irrecoverably depraved, which, . . . tasting but once of one just deed, spatters at it, and abhors the relish ever after."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spatter To scatter or throw about carelessly, as some fluid or semi-fluid substance; dash or splash so as to fall in spreading drops or small quantities: as, to spatter water or mud over a person; to spatter oaths or calumnies.
    • spatter To dash or splash upon; bespatter, literally or figuratively: as, to spatter a person with water, mud, or slander.
    • spatter To sputter; act or talk in a sputtering manner.
    • spatter To undergo or cause scattering or splashing in drops or small quantities.
    • n spatter The act of spattering, or the state of being spattered; a spattering or splashing effect.
    • n spatter A quick succession of not very loud sounds, such as is produced by the spattering of some substance.
    • n spatter That which is spattered; a small splash, as of something thrown or falling in drops: as, a spatter of milk, ink, or mud on one's clothes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Spatter spat′ėr to throw out or scatter upon: to scatter about: to sprinkle with dirt or anything moist: to defame
    • n Spatter the act of spattering: what is spattered
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the root of spit, salvia


In literature:

The Zeppelin made off, away from the town toward the fortifications, but the monoplane kept above it, despite the shots which spattered futilely.
"Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O'Malley" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
That suit of armour in the hall spattered with mud shows it to be the casing the visitor wore.
"The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont" by Robert Barr
In our trenches we were spattered with pebbles.
"The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad" by Edward John Thompson
While she was putting the things back, she felt some spatters on her head.
"Baby Pitcher's Trials" by Mrs. May
He was spattered by it, however, with almost every opprobrious term that belongs to the vocabulary of wrath and abuse.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
And hand, arm, and shoulder were spattered with fresh blood.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
This old gun is liable to go off accidental in your direction and she spatters like hell.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
Open sky, dark clouds spattering rain.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
His shirt was spattered with blood.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
The steward came running with a very angry countenance, and the people who had been spattered by the water sputtered a good deal.
"Six Little Bunkers at Cowboy Jack's" by Laura Lee Hope

In poetry:

The moon swagged in the air.
Out of the mist a girl tossed
Spittle of song; a hoarse light
Spattered the fog with heavy hair.
"Light" by Allen Tate
The bumble-bee is pelted down
The wet stem of the hollyhock;
And sullenly, in spattered brown,
The cricket leaps the garden walk.
"A Sudden Shower" by James Whitcomb Riley
The voice of thunder shook the wood,
As ceased the more than mortal vell;
And, spattering foul, a shower of blood
Upon the hissing firebrands fell.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
"Ready, as birds to meet the morn,
Were all his efforts at the plough;
Then, the mill-brook with hay or corn,
Good creature! how he'd spatter through!
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield
There's music in the rain
When it falls the leaves among,
And spatters in the viney nooks
And sparkles on the grain;
All earth has found a tongue,
And its loud hallelujahs ring.
"The Music Of The Rain" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
I felt a little easier then, and went to work again:
The sky was getting cloudier, 'twas coming on to rain.
Before I knew, the clock struck six, and John had not come back;
The rain began to spatter down, and all the sky was black.
"Sheltered" by Sarah Orne Jewett

In news:

Lawyers for Christopher Vaughn plan to call a blood-spatter expert to testify Tuesday, possibly as their final witness.
An unlocked door, a bottle of life-giving insulin and blood spatters in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee hinted at what might have happened to a woman who went missing more than two weeks ago.
Brushstroke with Spatter , 1966.
1,001 cookbooks you must spatter before you die.
Fleeting view of spattering lava at edge of Kilauea volcano's Halemaumau crater.
The slow migration of the lava lake surface is normally toward the area of spattering , where the lava sinks back into the magmatic system.
Vigorous lava spattering in crater vent at Kilauea volcano's summit.
Solving Squid Spatter (and No, Not the Ink).
And he ministers to the splot, the blotch, the spattered cuff.
The fish bubbles and spatters in the wide pan.
Loctite® SF7900TM ceramic shield for welding is a new silicone-free sprayable protective coating that can prevent spatter adhesion on MIG/MAG welding equipment for up to eight hours with one application.
Fleeting view of spattering lava at edge of Kilauea volcano's Halemaumau crater.
(Reuters) – Who says beautiful music and blood spatter cleanup can't go together.
Blood spatters in SUV don't match Vaughn story.
The new ceramic coating increases welding productivity by shielding contact tips, welding nozzles, shrouds, and jigs from spatter, eliminating the downtime normally required for equipment cleaning, says the company.