sprin·​kling | \ ˈspriŋ-kliŋ How to pronounce sprinkling (audio) \

Definition of sprinkling

1 : a limited quantity or amount : modicum
2 : a small quantity falling in scattered drops or particles
3 : a small number distributed at random : scattering

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Examples of sprinkling in a Sentence

a sprinkling of fans showed up at the airport just a sprinkling of experience with the computer program
Recent Examples on the Web The city is home to several restaurants, including local favorite Josie’s Country Store & Cafe, a sprinkling of shops, and an L.L. Bean outlet. BostonGlobe.com, 23 June 2021 Drizzle with a little more olive oil, a sprinkling of fleur de sel and a squeeze of lemon, and serve. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Soy sauce with a sprinkling of sesame seeds or your favorite dipping sauce, for serving Squeeze as much water as possible from the mushrooms and bamboo shoots. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 This was a club thriving on enthusiasm and derring-do — and yet with a sprinkling of patience. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Aug. 2021 Pettit also said the center’s existing septic system isn’t working and it was discovered that the buildings don’t have proper sprinkling systems. Karen Caffarini, chicagotribune.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Scots, the alarming competitiveness of Men in Kilts, clans, feuds, flora, fauna, with a healthy sprinkling of embarrassing personal reminiscences thrown in. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 29 June 2021 The forecasting service said cities such as Seattle and Portland got a sprinkling of rain late last week after long dry spells, but hot, gusty and smoky conditions are on the way. David Benda, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 To celebrate its tenth birthday, the G-Wagen got four-wheel drive and the interior a sprinkling of motoring luxury. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of sprinkling

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of sprinkling was in 1561

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sprinkler system


sprinkling can

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10 Oct 2021

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“Sprinkling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprinkling. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sprinkling

: a small amount that is sprinkled on something


sprin·​kling | \ ˈspriŋ-kliŋ How to pronounce sprinkling (audio) \

Kids Definition of sprinkling

: a very small number or amount a sprinkling of sugar

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