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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Spatter


SPAT'TER, verb transitive [This root is a derivative of the family of spit, or Latin pateo. See Sputter.]

1. To scatter a liquid substance on; to sprinkle with water or any fluid, or with any moist and dirty matter; as, to spatter a coat; to spatter the floor; to spatter the boots with mud. [This word, I believe, is applied always to fluid or moist substances. We say, to spatter with water, mud, blood or gravy; but never to spatter with dust or meal.]

2. Figuratively, to asperse; to defame. [In this sense, asperse is generally used.]

3. To throw out any thing offensive; as, to spatter foul speeches. [Not in use.]

4. To scatter about; as, to spatter water here and there.

SPAT'TER, verb intransitive To throw out of the mouth in a scattered manner; to sputter. [See Sputter.]