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

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The youthful protesters, with a sprinkling of older ones, gathered Friday morning opposite the U.N. under a peace obelisk in Ralph Bunche Park. Washington Post, "Swedish teen climate activist leads protest near UN," 30 Aug. 2019 Because of this counter-cyclical behavior, a sprinkling of yellow metal can reduce the overall volatility of a portfolio. Washington Post, "Gold Won’t Solve Your Budget Problems," 18 Sep. 2019 Finishing the dish were crunchy tortilla strips and a sprinkling of queso fresco. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "These were 10 of our favorite bites from the Detroit Free Press Wine + Food Experience," 14 Sep. 2019 Add 3 pickle chips to each and a sprinkling of shredded lettuce. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: While the fast food giants are duking it out over chicken sandwiches, we’re making our own - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 Repeat the patting, sprinkling and folding twice, rotating the dough 90 degrees each time. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Carla Hall recipe: Sweet Cream Biscuits with Fresh Blueberry Compote," 31 Aug. 2019 The fatty marbling in the meat is the key to the flavor, so a rib-eye or New York strip really doesn’t need any help in the form of a marinade, injection or anything else besides a nice sprinkling of coarse ground black pepper and kosher salt. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Wagyu an easily found, upgraded beef-eating experience," 12 Aug. 2019 Serve soup garnished with lime wedges, avocado slices, tortilla strips and a sprinkling of cheese. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Make dinner in a snap with these rotisserie chicken recipes," 6 June 2019 Stack a sprinkling of the cucumber/mint/celery/radish/lime into the glass. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle's Summer Favorites from 2014 Unearthed — and It Includes a 'Love of All Things Brit'," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sprinkling

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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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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