American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To sprinkle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sprinkle over; scatter over: as, to besprinkle with dust.
- v. archaic to sprinkle with
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To sprinkle over; to scatter over.
- v. scatter with liquid; wet lightly
- Probably from Middle English bisprenklen, from bisprengen, from Old English besprengan : be-, be- + sprengan, to sprinkle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Behold the maiden on her way, the destroyer of Ilium's town and its Phrygians, with garlands twined about her head, and drops of lustral water on her, soon to besprinkle with her gushing blood the altar of a murderous goddess, what time her shapely neck is severed.”
“So he returned to his place and sat down, where upon all the handmaidens stood up and the lady bade them perfume him with pastiles and besprinkle his face with rose-water.”
“And when they goe abroade, they besprinkle them selues with fragraunt oyles, to be swete at the smelle.”
“Eventide was falling with tardy languor, but, as yet, the sun, though become a gigantic, dull, red lentil in appearance, was not hidden, and the waves were still powerless to besprinkle his downward road of fire.”
“Vials of good sweet waters, and casting bottels of glasses to besprinkle the ghests withall, after their comming aboord.”
“The novel goes on apace; but I shall besprinkle it with local color afterwards.”
“When the bees inside the hive hang clustering to one another, it is a sign that the swarm is intending to quit; consequently, occasion, when a bee-keepers, on seeing this, besprinkle the hive with sweet wine.”
“Thy great goodness besprinkle for me that sweetness?”
“So long as thou dost not besprinkle those same bodies with thy water, there is no salvation for these same Sagara's sons.”
“The waves break on these huge masses without intermission, with a hollow and alternating roar, or rise up in sheets of foam, which besprinkle their hoary fronts.”
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