sprinkling

noun
sprin·​kling | \ ˈspriŋ-kliŋ \

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

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Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season all over again with a light sprinkling of salt. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Chicken Under a Skillet with Lemon Pan Sauce," 26 Mar. 2018 My childhood friends were other embassy brats and the offspring of UN officials and executives of multinational corporations, along with a sprinkling of Arab rich kids whose parents wanted to give them a Western education at home. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012 Serve your macaroni and cheese in the center of the table, with your bowl of crispy bread crumbs for sprinkling over, and a lovely green salad. Jamie Oliver, House Beautiful, "A Killer Mac 'N' Cheese by Jamie Oliver," 4 June 2014 Season one adopted a darker tone than TOS and irritated the more hardcore Star Trek fans, but season 2 looks like a return to its roots, with a fair sprinkling of humor to lighten things up—plus lots and lots of dramatic lens flares. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New trailer for Star Trek: Discovery S2 gives us a young bearded Spock," 9 Oct. 2018 Here, her natural curls skew more brown with just a sprinkling of blonde here. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "21 Bronde Hair Ideas That Look Amazing on Everyone," 7 Oct. 2018 As soon as the whale was brought home, tribal members blessed the whale with a sprinkling of eagle down, song and prayer, Tyler said. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Whale killed by ship near Neah Bay now a harvest celebration as Makah Nation prepares feast," 24 Aug. 2018 The rest hail from all over the Middle East, from Egypt to Afghanistan, along with a sprinkling of expatriates from the United States, South Korea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012 Note:Use any extra frangipane to spread between slices of French toast, or make a traditional French pastry, bostock, by spreading frangipane on top of brioche, sprinkling with sliced almonds, and then baking at 375°F for 20 minutes. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of sprinkling

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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sprinkling

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sprinkling

: a small amount that is sprinkled on something

sprinkling

noun
sprin·​kling | \ ˈspriŋ-kliŋ \

Kids Definition of sprinkling

: a very small number or amount a sprinkling of sugar

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