• WordNet 3.6
    • v sprinkle scatter with liquid; wet lightly "Sprinkle the lawn"
    • v sprinkle cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force "She splashed the water around her"
    • v sprinkle distribute loosely "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
    • v sprinkle rain gently "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick"
    • n sprinkle the act of sprinkling or splashing water "baptized with a sprinkling of holy water","a sparge of warm water over the malt"
    • n sprinkle a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sprinkle A small quantity scattered, or sparsely distributed; a sprinkling.
    • Sprinkle A utensil for sprinkling; a sprinkler.
    • Sprinkle To baptize by the application of a few drops, or a small quantity, of water; hence, to cleanse; to purify. "Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience."
    • Sprinkle To fly or be scattered in small drops or particles.
    • Sprinkle To rain moderately, or with scattered drops falling now and then; as, it sprinkles .
    • Sprinkle To scatter a liquid, or any fine substance, so that it may fall in particles. "And the priest shall . . . sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the Lord."
    • Sprinkle To scatter in small drops or particles, as water, seed, etc.
    • Sprinkle To scatter on; to disperse something over in small drops or particles; to besprinkle; as, to sprinkle the earth with water; to sprinkle a floor with sand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sprinkle To scatter in drops or particles; let fall in minute quantities here and there; strew.
    • sprinkle To besprinkle; bespatter or bestrew; overspread with drops or particles, as of a powder, liquid, coloring matter, etc.
    • sprinkle To cleanse with drops, as of water; wash; purify.
    • sprinkle To distribute here and there; diffuse.
    • sprinkle To diversify by objects placed here and there over the surface; dot.
    • sprinkle To issue in fine drops or particles; be sprinkled.
    • sprinkle To send out sparks; scintillate; sparkle.
    • sprinkle To rain slightly: used impersonally: as, does it sprinkle?
    • sprinkle To scatter a liquid or any fine substance so that it may fall in small particles.
    • sprinkle To dart hither and thither.
    • n sprinkle A utensil for sprinkling; a sprinkler; specifically, a brush for sprinkling holy water; an aspersorium.
    • n sprinkle A sprinkling, or falling in drops; specifically, a light rain.
    • n sprinkle That which is sprinkled about; hence, a scattering or slight amount; a sprinkling.
    • n sprinkle A light tinkling sound; a tinkle.
    • n sprinkle Milit., same as morning-star
    • sprinkle To make intoxicated or tipsy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Sprinkle spring′kl to scatter in small drops or particles: to scatter on: to baptise with a few drops of water: to purify
    • v.i Sprinkle to scatter in drops
    • n Sprinkle an aspersorium or utensil for sprinkling
    • ns Sprinkle a small quantity sprinkled: in book-binding, the mottling of the edges of trimmed leaves by scattering a few drops of colour on them
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  • Gregory ''Pappy'' Boyington
    Gregory ''Pappy'' Boyington
    “Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sprenkelen, freq. of sprengen, to sprinkle, to scatter, AS. sprengan, properly, to make to spring, causative of springan, to spring; akin to D. sprenkelen, to sprinkle, G. sprengen,. See Spring (v. i.), and cf. Sprent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Freq. formed from A.S. sprengan, the causal of springan, to spring; cf. Ger. sprenkeln.


In literature:

The fallen leaves sprinkle tears of gold upon the deep green of the lawns.
"The Choice of Life" by Georgette Leblanc
I have neared the rushing water; I feel its cold spray sprinkling me.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Sprinkle it with bright wine; bind it round the head of the sick man.
"Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery" by Robert Means Lawrence
Rushing swiftly down the hill, Luke tarried at the river's brink, to sprinkle some of the cool element upon the pale brow of Eleanor.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
This sprinkling of life with episodes was like a little tonic.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
Sprinkle it over, while moist, with a little of my prepared down.
"The Royal Guide to Wax Flower Modelling" by Emma Peachey
Take the plants up with care, sprinkling with water and keeping covered.
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
Sprinkling with sugar-water, 200.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
I had a Stuart which had a sprinkling of pecans on it and they also fell off.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
The sides of the head are white, sprinkled with black spots.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Touched--it in a twinkle
Leaving but a sprinkle,
As of tears.
"The Bubble" by William Allingham
And there I'll gaze upon thee
With an adoring eye;
And sprinkle thee, my bonny flower,
With gushing tears of joy.
"A Sonnet" by Samuel Bamford
We shall appear before the throne
Of our forgiving God,
Dressed in the garments of his Son,
And sprinkled with his blood.
"Hymn 24" by Isaac Watts
Rich were the drops of Jesus' blood
That calmed his frowning face,
That sprinkled o'er the burning throne,
And turned the wrath to grace.
"Hymn 108" by Isaac Watts
In all the charms of innocence array'd,
'Tis thine to sprinkle patience on my woes;
As from thy voice celestial comfort flows,
Glancing bright lustre o'er each dreary shade.
"Sonnet to My Beloved Daughter" by Mary Darby Robinson
When in the darkness deep and dull,
The shining stars look beautiful;
When the blue heavens that we behold
Are sprinkled o'er with living gold,
And the calm breeze speaks whisperingly—
We hold communion, Lord! with Thee.
"Summer: Tuesday Evening" by John Bowring

In news:

Clouds moving in means lower temperatures, possible sprinkle .
Sprinkle 's first wife died in 1968, and he married Mary Opperman in 1969.
If You Sprinkle Sign at PST.
The southeast Wisconsin, Waukesha and Milwaukee forecast for the rest of your Sunday night has a few sprinkles or stray showers gradually coming to an end.
Sprinkle and Sprout Garden Club's mission is to keep two cities lookin' good.
The Sprinkle and Sprout Garden Club of Motley work hard with its water wagon to keep both Motley and Staples beautiful.
Former Save Mart, United Grocers President Sprinkle Dies.
Chuck Sprinkle spent 22 years with Dillon Co. Before becoming president first of United Grocers, then of Fleming West, and later of Save Mart.
Articles written by Joshua Sprinkle .
One idea was a "gun" that shot "jimmies" or " sprinkles ".
The sprinkles tended to bounce off the ice cream cone.
Earth loving with Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens.
When a little sprinkle just isn't enough.
Newschannel 36 and our own Larry Sprinkle have a shared a commitment to save homeless and unwanted pets in our community.
SEC football sprinkled with Memphis-area talent.

In science:

Finally, in Section 6.4 we use a sprinkling well adapted to our model to prove Theorem 1.2.
Giant vacant component left by a random walk in a random d-regular graph
As discussed in the introduction, in this sprinkling we erase randomly some segments, possibly in the middle of the tra jectory.
Giant vacant component left by a random walk in a random d-regular graph
In order to state the precise result, we need, as we have discussed before, to introduce the long-range bridges that are necessary to perform the sprinkling.
Giant vacant component left by a random walk in a random d-regular graph
We can now approach the second part of the proof of Theorem 1.2, that is the sprinkling construction.
Giant vacant component left by a random walk in a random d-regular graph
By construction, the sprinkled configuration ξ sp will be close in distribution to the vacant set left by the random walk tra jectory X[0,un] .
Giant vacant component left by a random walk in a random d-regular graph