splatter

verb
splat·​ter | \ ˈspla-tər How to pronounce splatter (audio) \
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

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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 When the oil is very hot, carefully add halibut filets to the pan and sear for a minute or two (be careful as the oil may splatter), or until golden. Dallas News, 1 June 2021 This history prompted efforts to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, and prompted protesters to splatter paint on statues of him, dating back to the early days of the American Indian Movement and Red Power movement in the 1960s and 70s. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 May 2021 Demetria Williams said Brown was driving, causing mud to splatter on the side of a home. Nick Valencia, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 Pat dry with paper towels to avoid droplets causing the oil to splatter. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Feb. 2021 If using a blender, take care to remove the center piece on the blender cover — the hot soup will splatter without a vent. Dallas News, 20 Nov. 2020 Do not fill up more than halfway, or the oil could splatter. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, 30 Oct. 2020 Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly, and with care not to splatter. Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2020 According to the newspaper, seven people have been charged with first-degree felonies for allegedly helping buy, transport or help splatter the paint in the street, or for breaking windows. Li Cohen, CBS News, 7 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun We home cooks smash our burgers on the backyard grill not because it is inherently built for it, but to save our kitchens from the grease splatter. New York Times, 19 July 2021 Using a high-sided Dutch oven and a splatter screen can help. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 This ceramic grill pan conveniently comes with a lid that helps cook food faster and keeps splatter contained. Sam Lauron, Southern Living, 6 Apr. 2021 Blood splatter was also found on the exterior of suitcases seen inside her car, court documents said. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, 17 May 2021 The show, about Dexter Morgan, a blood splatter analyst for the Miami PD who also happens to be a serial killer, aired for eight seasons before being revived for a 10-episode run this fall. BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2021 The painting is a black canvas, with a red splatter. New York Times, 12 May 2021 Her cookbooks are wrapped grade school-style in brown paper to prevent splatter damage. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 12 May 2021 Turns out, the fix was a mere $15 away: a splatter screen. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Large companies often use factories to achieve the splatter effect. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 19 May 2021 But the Canadian director Elza Kephart gets clever with cuts and squirts that splatter fans will find hilarious. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2021 To that end, Vistaprint makes a selection of kids' face masks with colorful designs and patterns, like a puppy face, splatter paint and pineapples. Zoe Malin, NBC News, 23 Dec. 2020 Note that the 3-cup, 5-cup and 7-cup pieces come with vented lids, which are designed for splatter-proof microwaving. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2020 Shark Tank will need no introduction to this splatter-proof frying pan guard, aptly dubbed the Frywall. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, 13 Aug. 2020 Baby Reversible Sun Hat ($11.99, originally $19.95; gap.com) Simply adorable, with a splatter paint effect and fully reversible, consider this your kid’s new summer staple. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, 11 Aug. 2020 One of the most fun kinds of paper targets is splatter targets. The Editors, Field & Stream, 21 Nov. 2019 Why splatter glitter paint on a pumpkin that's perfect in its original state? Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 10 Sep. 2019

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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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29 Jun 2021

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“Splatter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splatter. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce splatter (audio) \
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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