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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 Smash each one with the side of a chef’s knife and smear it slightly with a sprinkling of kosher salt. SFChronicle.com, "MAINS: Delfina’s Spaghetti Pomodoro," 14 Nov. 2019 Most of the two dozen Central Florida hospitals that were graded in a recent national patient safety report received As, with a sprinkling of a few Bs and Cs. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Leesburg Regional gets a D in patient safety from Leapfrog, disputes the grade," 12 Nov. 2019 Williamson got 44 players - mostly freshmen and sophomores with a sprinkling of upper classmen - for his inaugural three-hour camp last Friday in the Broncos gym. Pomerado News, "Inaugural camp provides look at college game," 2 Oct. 2019 Even more perfect with a sprinkling of red pepper flakes. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "I Made the Mushroom Pasta. Now It’s Your Turn.," 28 Sep. 2019 On a recent menu, Mountain View Farm’s corn was prepared like Mexican street food: charred, cut off the cob and enhanced with lime crema, Aleppo pepper and cotija cheese, with a sprinkling of crispy farro. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "A fresh start: 4 Eat & Drink gets new menu, a new chef and a new name to become Fork & Fire," 24 Sep. 2019 Above him, a sprinkling of stars — L.A.’s own pyrotechnics — glimmered in the murky night. Peter Haldeman, Los Angeles Times, "He may hate the word ‘buzz,’ but Los Angeles magazine editor Maer Roshan is creating it," 5 Sep. 2019 Still, a sprinkling of protesters gathered Thursday evening on Sao Paulo’s main street to oppose the far-right government. Washington Post, "Bolsonaro’s son criticized after call for Brazil crackdown," 1 Nov. 2019 Or the glamorous Starry Starry Night, gossamer black sesame sponge cake, silky sweet chocolate ganache and a sprinkling of marzipan stars. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Foodhisattva: The triumph of Asian fusion vegan comfort food for all," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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25 Nov 2019

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“Sprinkling.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprinkling?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=sprink02. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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