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English noun: sprinkle

1. sprinkle (phenomenon) a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby

Synonymsscattering, sprinkling

Broader (hypernym)rain shower, shower

2. sprinkle (act) the act of sprinkling or splashing water

SamplesBaptized with a sprinkling of holy water.
A sparge of warm water over the malt.

Synonymssparge, sprinkling

Broader (hypernym)watering

English verb: sprinkle

1. sprinkle (contact) distribute loosely

SamplesHe scattered gun powder under the wagon.

Synonymsdisperse, dot, dust, scatter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)discharge

Narrower (hyponym)aerosolise, aerosolize, bespangle, plash, spatter, splash, splash, splatter, splosh, splosh, spray, spray, sprinkle, swash

2. sprinkle (contact) cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force

SamplesShe splashed the water around her.

Synonymssplash, splosh

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)disperse, dot, dust, scatter, sprinkle

Narrower (hyponym)drizzle, moisten, salt

3. sprinkle (weather) rain gently

SamplesIt has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick.

Synonymspatter, pitter-patter, spatter, spit

Pattern of useIt is ----ing

Broader (hypernym)rain, rain down

4. sprinkle (change) scatter with liquid; wet lightly

SamplesSprinkle the lawn.

ExamplesThey sprinkle the bread with melted butter

Synonymsbesprinkle, sparge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)wet

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