spatter

verb
spat·​ter | \ ˈspa-tər How to pronounce spatter (audio) \
spattered; spattering; spatters

Definition of spatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to spurt forth in scattered drops blood spattering everywhere

transitive verb

1 : to splash with or as if with a liquid also : to soil in this way his coat was spattered with mud
2 : to scatter by or as if by splashing spatter water
3 : to cover with or as if with splashes or spots
4 : to cast aspersions on : defame spattered my reputation

spatter

noun

Definition of spatter (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act or process of spattering : the state of being spattered
b : the noise of spattering
2a : a drop or splash spattered on something or a spot or stain due to spattering
b : a small amount or number : sprinkle a spatter of applause

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Examples of spatter in a Sentence

Verb

The dog jumped in the pool and spattered us with water. His clothes were spattered with paint. When you cook bacon, the grease spatters everywhere. He showed me how to use the paintbrush so the paint wouldn't spatter.

Noun

There were grease spatters all over the wall. The floor was covered with spatters of paint. There was a lot of paint spatter on the floor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In addition, an illegible word was written on the back of the statue, and blue paint was spattered around the base. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Charlottesville statue of Robert E. Lee vandalized with anti-Trump graffiti," 24 July 2019 In old photos, those dirtied, spattered, and knotted-up Chucks reflected the patina of famous, creative lives of iconoclasts. Kate Bowers, Fortune, "Rebooting Converse: Should the brand play hard to get?," 30 July 2019 The demonstrators spattered the country’s emblem with paint (see picture) and covered the walls with slogans. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s violent protests against Chinese rule," 25 July 2019 His face was spattered with blood and the wires from the stun gun were still wrapped around his leg. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "DPS report reveals new details in final moments of slain Trooper Tyler Edenhofer," 17 July 2019 Blood-spattered on a stretcher, with Willie D and Scarface beside him, the album was an apotheosis for Geto Boys’ aesthetic — morbid, self-aware and provocative. August Brown, latimes.com, "Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill dies: Morbid, provocative — an unlikely hip-hop legend," 10 June 2019 Among the most vivid photos is Ray Alvareztorres’s view of a police car spattered with red pigment in Charlottesville, Va., also the site of Miki Jourdan’s close-up of a girl holding a candle at a nighttime vigil. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Archiving Eden’ exhibition sprouts interest with macro photos," 5 July 2019 Per years past, there are many attractions spattered throughout Pioneer Works’s labyrinthine three floors; a magician, a tarot card reader, a Bosco photobooth, a VR experience. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Inside Pioneer Works's 6th Annual Village Fete," 5 May 2019 Left for dead and vastly underestimated by a trio of male attackers, a young woman stands tall against the expanse of an unforgiving desert, spattered in blood. Jen Yamato, latimes.com, "Pushed to her limits, the first horror heroine of the Time’s Up era is born in the gutsy ‘Revenge’," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Two hours after the shooting, blood spatter remained on the sidewalk near the intersection of 68th Street and Normal, where yellow tape was strung across the latter street and around the parking lot of a four-story, brown brick residential building. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "14-year-old shot, critically wounded inside Englewood residence," 2 Aug. 2019 The arrest warrants say investigators uncovered bloodstains and blood spatter along with evidence of a cleanup at Jennifer Dulos' New Canaan home. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Police search Hartford trash plant with cadaver dogs in search for missing mom," 4 June 2019 Stites, court documents say, described the blood spatter on Camm's clothing to his boss over the phone. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Judge rules David Camm can sue for false arrest in 2000 triple murder case," 10 Sep. 2019 Blood spatter and smears indicate Chad crawled on the kitchen floor, moving to the other side of the center island. Michael Williams, orlandosentinel.com, "Grant Amato trial: Crime scene investigators testify in case against Chuluota man accused of killing family," 12 July 2019 The detective testified that there was a pool of blood surrounding a laundry basket and said there was also blood spatter on the walls. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Vestavia Hills police officer fatally shot by wife after fight over money, detective says," 29 July 2019 The first time it was delayed so the defense could get a DNA expert, the second time because a defense attorney suffered a stroke during jury selection and then this year so the defense could get an expert witness on blood spatter, officials said. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "Rotting in jail: Will these years-old cases ever go to trial?," 19 July 2019 Every surface that was within view had blood spatter all around. Matt Goldfarb, CBS News, "Investigation of airman's brutal murder in Japan uncovers deception, fraud and witchcraft," 19 June 2019 Police said the house also had evidence of blood spatter and cleanup attempts, according to the arrest report. Fox News, "Sister of Jennifer Dulos' estranged husband says he's 'not the person they say he is'," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of spatter

Verb

1600, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spatter

Verb

akin to Frisian spatterje to spatter, Middle Dutch bespatten to splash

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The first known use of spatter was in 1600

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More Definitions for spatter

spatter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause drops of a liquid to be thrown forcefully in different directions

spatter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spatter (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mark made when something wet hits a surface

spatter

verb
spat·​ter | \ ˈspa-tər How to pronounce spatter (audio) \
spattered; spattering

Kids Definition of spatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to splash with drops or small bits of something wet Don't spatter the floor with paint.
2 : to scatter by splashing A passing car spattered mud on my clothes.

spatter

noun

Kids Definition of spatter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or sound of something splashing in drops the spatter of rain on a roof
2 : a drop or splash spattered on something : a spot or stain due to spattering a grease spatter

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