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Definition of "spatter" [spat•ter]

  • To scatter (a liquid) in drops or small splashes. (verb-transitive)
  • To spot, splash, or soil. (verb-transitive)
  • To sully the reputation of; defame. (verb-transitive)
  • To come forth in drops or small splashes: Hot grease spattered in all directions. (verb-intransitive)
  • To fall in or as if in a shower, as rain or bullets. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spatter" in a sentence
  • "Auditor Karen Flynn, Prosecutor Russ Hauge, and Commissioner Chris Endresen would be well advised to keep their distance to avoid spatter from the lawsuit and Canvassing Board hearing."
  • "A job well done, he thought, and watched the rain spatter the spongy rubber cobbles of the midway."
  • "You know, you just reminded me of a case I had where a woman allegedly committed suicide, but there were blood spatter, there was blood spatter, which is from the impact of the gun, under her pillow."