from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To scatter (a liquid) in drops or small splashes.
- transitive v. To spot, splash, or soil.
- transitive v. To sully the reputation of; defame.
- intransitive v. To come forth in drops or small splashes: Hot grease spattered in all directions.
- intransitive v. To fall in or as if in a shower, as rain or bullets.
- n. The act of spattering.
- n. The condition of being spattered.
- n. A spattering sound.
- n. A drop or splash of something spattered.
- n. A small amount; a smattering: just a spatter of praise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To splash with small droplets.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To throw something out of the mouth in a scattering manner; to sputter.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To distribute by sprinkling; to sprinkle around.
- transitive v. Fig.: To injure by aspersion; to defame; to soil; also, to throw out in a defamatory manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To dash or splash upon; bespatter, literally or figuratively: as, to spatter a person with water, mud, or slander.
- To sputter; act or talk in a sputtering manner.
- To undergo or cause scattering or splashing in drops or small quantities.
- n. The act of spattering, or the state of being spattered; a spattering or splashing effect.
- n. A quick succession of not very loud sounds, such as is produced by the spattering of some substance.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. spot, splash, or soil
- n. the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface
- n. the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively
- v. dash a liquid upon or against
- v. rain gently
Auditor Karen Flynn, Prosecutor Russ Hauge, and Commissioner Chris Endresen would be well advised to keep their distance to avoid spatter from the lawsuit and Canvassing Board hearing.
A job well done, he thought, and watched the rain spatter the spongy rubber cobbles of the midway.
You know, you just reminded me of a case I had where a woman allegedly committed suicide, but there were blood spatter, there was blood spatter, which is from the impact of the gun, under her pillow.
Some makers still bolster these paints with components like formaldehyde, crystalline silica, acetone and ammonia to help preserve the paint or give it other properties, such as spatter-resistance.
Chittenden's who allowed his mind to wander, and did not concentrate, promptly made the acquaintance of the "spatter," a broad leathern strap; and the spatter hurt exceedingly, as I can testify from many personal experiences of it.
"Plosh!" went Mr Jones right in backwards; and "spatter" went the foul mud all over his face and shirt-front, and then the poor little man tried to scramble out, but slipped in again, making himself worse than ever; but his next effort was more successful; and when Sam saw him standing amongst the potatoes looking all piebald, his heart was joyful within him, as he hurried home to tell the boys the success of their plot.
You are not very good at what you do, and I will enjoy your rebuttle of obnoxious spatter that you send my way.
“Damn you to hell!” he grunted as he clenched his fist tight causing a bit of the guilt to spatter upon his brow.
In that context, I found phrases like these kind of disconcerting and hard to read: the passions of his bewildered heart … a maelstrom of melancholicaly erupted emotion … causing a bit of the guilt to spatter through his brow … that would never permit his repression, never allow for nothing short of predetermined apocalyptic salvation.
In the end, Finn proved her theory that "blood spatter can often tell you more than a test tube."