splatter

verb
splat·​ter | \ˈspla-tər \
splattered; splattering; splatters

Definition of splatter 

(Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to scatter or fall in or as if in drops

splatter

noun

Definition of splatter (Entry 2 of 3)

splatter

adjective

Definition of splatter (Entry 3 of 3)

: characterized by extreme or excessive gore or violence a splatter movie

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Synonyms for splatter

Synonyms: Verb

bespatter, dash, plash, spatter, splash

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Examples of splatter in a Sentence

Verb

Mud splattered everywhere when the wet dog shook himself. Rain splattered against the windows. A big bug splattered against the windshield of the car. The egg splattered on the floor. The paint splattered my clothes.

Noun

I had paint splatters on my jeans. There were mud splatters all over the carpet. Blood splatter was found at the crime scene.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ghoshal's team has shot high-speed videos of molten sand particles splattering on turbine blade material targets and then vaporizing. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Army's Hard at Work Fighting Its Tiniest Enemy," 14 Dec. 2016 Photographs of a friendly gathering during good times, a flower bouquet, splattered blood and a clown’s costume kit. Chuck Weber, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Evidence photos shed light on notorious killer clown case," 4 July 2018 Just moments before the first models hit the circular, open-air set the rain arrived, splattering the floorboards of the catwalk and soaking many of the 700 guests who had been waiting for over an hour in their finery. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "A Woman’s Rodeo, Designed by Dior," 26 May 2018 At Highland Drive, volunteers were careful not to splatter paint on the floor. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "A Wallingford Mission Trip Brings Together 360 Youth Volunteers To Repair Homes, Communities," 13 July 2018 The year 1968 — whose blood-splattered, baton-swinging 50th anniversary party is about to peak this Memorial Day weekend with the 4-hour 1968 documentary on CNN — was truly a season for the good, the bad and the ugly. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "How the chaos of 1968 set the stage for a President Donald Trump | Will Bunch," 24 May 2018 Knock wedges or cubes together with red onions and feta or an other salty young goat or sheep cheese, splatter it with oil and tarragon, mint, or anise hyssop. New York Times, "The Best Fruits of Summer, Ranked," 22 May 2018 Rooms are themed, including one known as The Kill Room splattered with fake blood. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Robber breaks into escape room. Then, calls 911 because he can't get out," 13 July 2018 Hot steam — and noxious sulfur dioxide gases — have risen from the vents, before magma broke through and splattered into the air. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Lava spatter hits Hawaii man and shatters his leg in first known injury from Kilauea volcano," 20 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since it's submerged in water, there's no splatter. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's the Best Way to Seed a Pomegranate," 3 Oct. 2018 According to the complaint, family members discovered blood splatter and bloody towels in the guest bathroom and blood on the washing machine in the garage. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Bodies Found 3 Miles Apart in New Mexico Were Missing Roommates, Suspect Charged With Murder," 1 Mar. 2018 To minimize splatter, remove the skillet from heat when adding more oil between additional pieces of tenderloin. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "A Spicy Pork Tenderloin Bowl That's So Easy You Hardly Need This Recipe," 30 May 2018 One blood splatter, hand prints included, was splashed on white paper hung on the wall. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "Instead of watching Netflix, KC kids dust for fingerprints at police academy," 9 July 2018 But behind the slapstick and splatter, the pair explores aspects of gender, intimacy, self-worth, and friendship. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Performing Arts / Theater The best and rest of Rhinofest," 8 Feb. 2018 According to Inc, Mickey D’s uses the chemical to reduce oil splatter when making their fried foods, and cooks their foods in a mixture of vegetable oil, citric acid, and dimethylpolysiloxane, too. Collier Sutter, PEOPLE.com, "A Chemical in McDonald's French Fries Could Help Cure Baldness, Study Says," 6 Feb. 2018 Aquamarine Dream Prep walls before hanging coverings by vacuuming the entire surface and wiping away any toothpaste splatters and water stains. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Ways to Design a Better Bathroom with Wallpaper," 22 Jan. 2018 All the animated gore is also impressive, with every blood splatter, decapitation and dismemberment hitting you right in the guts. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires': Film Review | Annecy 2018," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Blomkamp’s tech-heavy films, featuring all manner of exo-suits, robots, political conflicts, and bloody splatter effects owe much of their identity to the 1987 film. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Robocop' and Neill Blomkamp Need Each Other," 11 July 2018 The most noteworthy trends include splatter enamel—as seen in the Threshold fall dip bowls and colanders—and paddle shapes, which were incorporated into entertaining pieces like cheese and cutting boards, and new interpretations of marble. Kate Friedman, Glamour, "You're Going to Want Everything From Target's New Home Collection," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of splatter

Verb

1785, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1819, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for splatter

Verb

probably blend of splash and spatter

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The first known use of splatter was in 1785

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More Definitions for splatter

splatter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of splatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a liquid : to move, fall, or hit something in large drops

of something that contains liquid : to hit something and break apart

: to cause (a liquid) to move or fall in large drops

splatter

noun

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

: a mark or spot made by a large drop of liquid

splatter

verb
splat·​ter | \ˈspla-tər \
splattered; splattering

Kids Definition of splatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to splash against something in large drops

splatter

noun

Kids Definition of splatter (Entry 2 of 2)

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