1. To scatter in small drops or particles, as water, seed, etc.

2. To scatter on; to disperse something over in small drops or particles; to besprinkle; as, to sprinkle the earth with water; to sprinkle a floor with sand.

3. To baptize by the application of a few drops, or a small quantity, of water; hence, to cleanse; to purify. "Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience." (Heb. X. 22)

Origin: OE. Sprenkelen, freq. Of sprengen to sprinkle, to scatter, AS. Sprengan, properly, to make to spring, causative of springan to spring; akin to D. Sprenkelen to sprinkle, G. Sprengen.

(01 Mar 1998)

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