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4 definitions found
 for sprinkling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sprinkle \Sprin"kle\ (spr[i^][ng]"k'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Sprinkled (-k'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Sprinkling
     (-kl[i^]ng).] [OE. sprenkelen, freq. of sprengen to sprinkle,
     to scatter, AS. sprengan, properly, to make to spring,
     causative of springan to spring; akin to D. sprenkelen to
     sprinkle, G. sprengen. See Spring, v. i., and cf.
     Sprent.]
     1. To scatter in small drops or particles, as water, seed,
        etc.
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     2. To scatter on; to disperse something over in small drops
        or particles; to besprinkle; as, to sprinkle the earth
        with water; to sprinkle a floor with sand.
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     3. To baptize by the application of a few drops, or a small
        quantity, of water; hence, to cleanse; to purify.
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              Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.
                                                    --Heb. x. 22.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sprinkling \Sprin"kling\ (-kl[i^]ng), n.
     1. The act of one who, or that which, sprinkles.
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              Baptism may well enough be performed by sprinkling
              or effusion of water.                 --Ayliffe.
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     2. A small quantity falling in distinct drops or particles;
        as, a sprinkling of rain or snow.
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     3. Hence, a moderate number or quantity distributed like
        separate drops, or as if scattered like drops. --Craik.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sprinkling
      n 1: a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly; "the
           first scatterings of green"; "a sprinkling of grey at his
           temples" [syn: scattering, sprinkling]
      2: a light shower that falls in some locations and not others
         nearby [syn: scattering, sprinkle, sprinkling]
      3: the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare) [syn:
         aspersion, sprinkling]
      4: the act of sprinkling or splashing water; "baptized with a
         sprinkling of holy water"; "a sparge of warm water over the
         malt" [syn: sprinkle, sprinkling, sparge]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  121 Moby Thesaurus words for "sprinkling":
     a few, affusion, aspergation, aspersion, attenuation, baptism,
     baptismal gown, baptismal regeneration, baptistery, baptizement,
     bath, bathing, bedewing, broadcast, broadcasting, cast, chrismal,
     christening, circumfusion, dampening, damping, dash, deluge,
     dewing, diffraction, diffusion, dilution, dispensation, dispersal,
     dispersion, dissemination, dissipation, distribution, divergence,
     drowning, dust, evaporation, expansion, few, flooding, font,
     fragmentation, gleam, handful, hint, hosing, hosing down,
     humidification, idea, immersion, infusion, inkling, intimation,
     inundation, irrigation, laving, lick, limited number, look,
     moistening, only a few, peppering, piddling few, piddling number,
     powdering, propagation, publication, radiation, rinsing, sauce,
     scattering, scatterment, scintilla, seasoning, shade, shadow,
     shotgun pattern, sip, smack, small number, smatter, smattering,
     smell, soupcon, sowing, sparging, spark, spatter, spattering,
     spice, splashing, splattering, splay, spraying, spread, spreading,
     strain, streak, strewing, submersion, suggestion, sup, suspicion,
     swashing, taint, taste, tempering, thought, tinct, tincture, tinge,
     tint, too few, total immersion, touch, trace, trickle, vestige,
     volatilization, watering, wetting
  
  

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