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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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