Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small amount or quantity; a modicum.
  • noun A small quantity scattered or sparsely distributed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who sprinkles, in any sense of the word; aspersion.
  • noun A small quantity falling in distinct drops or parts, or coming moderately: as, a sprinkling of rain or snow.
  • noun A small amount scattered here and there, as if sprinkled.
  • noun In bookbinding, the operation of scattering a shower of fine drops of color on the trimmed edges of the leaves to produce a mottled effect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of one who, or that which, sprinkles.
  • noun A small quantity falling in distinct drops or particles.
  • noun Hence, a moderate number or quantity distributed like separate drops, or as if scattered like drops.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of sprinkle.
  • noun The action of the verb to sprinkle.
  • noun A small amount of (some liquid, powder or other fine substance) that is sprinkled on to something.
  • noun A light shower of rain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby
  • noun the act of sprinkling or splashing water
  • noun a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly
  • noun the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare)

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  • "4. In bookbinding, the operation of scattering a shower of fine drops of color on the trimmed edges of the leaves to produce a mottled effect. It is done by striking a brush charged with color against a rod held above the edges of the book to be sprinkled." --CD

    April 13, 2011