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Meaning of sprinkle

sprin•kle

Pronunciation: (spring'kul), [key]
— v., n. -kled, -kling,
—v.t.
  1. to scatter (a liquid, powder, etc.) in drops or particles: She sprinkled powder on the baby.
  2. to disperse or distribute here and there.
  3. to overspread with drops or particles of water, powder, or the like: to sprinkle a lawn.
  4. to diversify or intersperse with objects scattered here and there.
—v.i.
  1. to scatter or disperse liquid, a powder, etc., in drops or particles.
  2. to be sprinkled.
  3. to rain slightly (often used impersonally with it as subject): It may sprinkle this evening.
—n.
  1. the act or an instance of sprinkling.
  2. something used for sprinkling.
  3. Usually,small particles of chocolate, candy, sugar, etc., used as a decorative topping for cookies, cakes, ice-cream cones, and the like.
  4. a light rain.
  5. a small quantity or number.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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